Laughter, smiles and new dos were in no short supply at Fantastic Sams in Marshfield on Sunday, especially when these cuts benefited a two-year-old battling a rare adult cancer called Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
NewsChannel 7 brought you Alivia Northcott's story back in February. Her strength and positive youthful charm brought a lot of people into the salon for a Cut-A-Thon.
"Instead of getting them (hair cut) done a week or so ago, so I made my son wait and I knew I needed mine done, so I figured, we'll come and get it done here," Penny Krueger said.
Krueger said she finds Livie inspiring.
"How strong she is," she said. "For being such a little thing, she's so cute and she always seems to be so happy. Anything to help out little ones."
It was a combined effort between the Marshfield and Wausau Fantastic Sams who donated their salon, stylists, and all proceeds from the event to Livie's family. The staff said with the family being such loyal customers for more than a decade, they had to do something to help.
"With our stylists' help, that's how we came up with the Cut-A-Thon because we can use our talent to help support Alivia and her family," Marshfield Fantastic Sams Owner, Mardi Rued said.
Unfortunately, Livie could not be at the event due to her weak immune system and all of the dancing she did the day before for her family's combined birthdays. Livie's mother, Trish Folz said she's her little spitfire, but just because she's in remission, does not mean she's not sick.
"They don't see the times where she's completely exhausted or where it's taken a lot out of her and then there's always the scary thought of a possible relapse," she said. "It's just something I'm going to worry about as a parent forever."
Her family is celebrating the strides she's making, however, and her parents are hoping to keep their June wedding date they set before this struggle even existed.
"We want to have it now more than ever," said Foltz, "because our family has been through so much together and so not only a celebration for her dad and I to get married, but for our entire family and to celebrate Livie making through this chapter of her life and being able to be there and dance and celebrate."
Livie has her final active treatment on Tuesday. To help support Livie’s Light, you can come into the Marshfield Fantastic Sams to donate or donate on her fundraising page.
Follow Livie’s everyday progress on her Facebook page.
Livie doesn’t need a bone marrow transplant now, but her mom Trish said that could change down the road. As part of raising awareness, you can register to be a bone marrow donor.
As part of raising awareness for “Livie’s Light,” you can register and learn more about donating blood in Wisconsin.
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