The girls of Salon 53 taking the ALS ice bucket challenge after meeting their donation goal
Brenda Belcher, sister-in-law to Melissa Belcher who has been stricken with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), decided to hold a benefit at her business, Salon 53, to raise money to go towards Melissa’s ever growing medical bills. Miracles 4 Melissa took place on Sunday, August 17, and featured $15 haircuts and $10 ten minutes massages from 9 stylists and 1 masseuse. The fundraiser also had a 50/50 drawing, t-shirt sales, and a silent auction with 40 items. All proceeds from the event went to Melissa, her husband and her two young children.
Belcher said the monetary goal of the fundraiser was $3000. If reached, she and her stylists agreed to take the ALS ice bucket challenge. They not only reached their goal, but exceeded it three times over.
Brenda and Melissa Belcher at the cut-a-thon at Salon 53.
“Medically this money will help us tremendously,” said Melissa’s husband, Kelly Belcher. “Home health care is not covered under our insurance and Melissa receives that daily, she cannot do anything alone. All of the money goes into our Miracles 4 Melissa account and as expenses come in we take the money out of the account. I am so grateful for the generosity and support.”
Anyone in Salon 53 Sunday during the cut-a-thon could feel the warmth and love in the room. Melissa sat next to her sister-in-law while she cut hair all day with a smile on her face.
“The community really came together for this. This is a small town full of people with big hearts,” said Brenda. “I am so thankful for all my girls here. It is our one year anniversary and I thought we should do something to give back. Every place I asked to donate said how much and when.”
“Seeing her smile,” Brenda said of her sister-in-law, Melissa, “and happy to meet all these people who are eager to help her, makes it all worth it.”