A Lebanon salon is ready to cut out cystic fibrosis.
In an effort to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Pulse Salon on South Hartmann Drive held a charity cut-a-thon event all day Wednesday to benefit a local girl who has cystic fibrosis.
Kailey Baird, 5, is suffering from the terminal hereditary disease, which causes the production of abnormally thick mucus, leading to blockage in the lungs, intestines and other areas of the body. In an effort to support the cause and find a cure for cystic fibrosis, Kailey and her family have put together a team for the Great Strides Walk through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The event Wednesday aimed to help raise money for the team and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, with 100 percent of the day’s proceeds going to the foundation, said Pulse Salon owner Diane Anderson.
Anderson said the salon chose to team up with Kailey’s team after hearing of the effort through Kailey’s grandmother, Linda Wyatt, who is a client of the salon.
Along with the usual salon cuts and styles, a silent auction was also featured at the event, which had several items available for bid, including gift certificates, a teeth-whitening kit, a free airplane ride and more.
According to Anderson, all items for the silent auction were donated.
“The community just really got on board with this, and we received so much stuff for the auction,” Anderson said. “It got to a point where things just kept being poured in to us and we didn’t know what we could possibly do with it all.”
The event also drew in support from country music singer Aaron Tippin, who came out for a trim. Tippin is known for country music hits including “Kiss This” and “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” among many others.
Wyatt said she knew Tippin from working at Baker’s School of Aeronautics.
“He’s so down-to-earth and just a great person,” Wyatt said.
Along with Tippin, several community members showed their support by stopping in to improve their hairdo and donate to the cause.
“We’ve been pretty slammed since we started today; my chair hasn’t been empty,” Anderson said.
She said she believed the industry she worked in was one that could truly make a difference.
“The biggest thing we’ve always wanted to do is to give back to the community,” Anderson said. “I’m a firm believer you get out of life what you give to it and, I think this is one way to do that and to give back.”
The salon has hosted a cut-a-thon previously, and Anderson said their past goal of $1,000 was met then.
“Today the goal is to raise $2,500, and we had $1,000 raised before the event even started,” Anderson said. “So I really, really hope we can pass that goal.”
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