When Angela Di Leone got so many request about people in need that were home bound. hospitalized, and hospices, she knew she had to do something. I just couldn't believe that there was not already a place that did this. I started with 1 and loved it so much that I wish I could strictly do just this. There was something inside of me that just clicked. I was fortunate enough to be able to have a mom and grandma that never had to search for a service like this. I had to purchase a few special devices and take an extra policy out to protect me in the event. but ultimately it was well worth it! One clientele in particular that made a huge impact was Melissa.
Melissa's Mom called me and left a voicemail that I will never forget. She was crying on the voicemail saying her daughter not well and on ventilators in ICU in Tampa general. I know this sounds weird but her last request is to have her hair cut by a professional. You see she has her second bout of ovarian cancer and only in here 30's.When I arrived I didn't know what was about to happen. Melissa very coherent smiled with ventilators in here and her mom describing what has happen to make her hair so matted. I think that day was the turning point of caring cuts. I de-matted her hair and what I could cut off of her to make her short enough so she could not be bothered by the tangling in her tubing. She had been fighting for her life for months and was at the end. when I was done she gave me a thumbs up and wrote thank you on her dry erase board with a tear in her eye. She reached for my hand and squeezed it. everything inside me wanted to burst into tears. She reminded me of my own daughter. Then she pointed to her mom. Mom said she wants me to get mine done too. Mom had been stuck in this room taking care of her daughter for months. her daughter knew her mom needed her hair done too. So we did moms hair as well. with a big smile on this beautiful girls face. Mom says there we both got pampered.
When mom went to pay I said please no. I have angel sponsor that has paid for this for you. I didn't want to ask for any money to cover cost. Nor did I want to be a burden on this family during these times. She denied my request and said please take this and use for someone else then. I have a few amazing clients that support my mission to do this until I can become a non-profit and fund raise. Melissa passed the week after.
Since Melissa I get so many calls and request for haircuts from random people in need.
i can only do this right now as I can. With my business booming its hard to accept all that is needed. I try to get at least every request in. For now its just me but in the future I pray for more income to pay people to have a team to offer this. Thank you to Tampa Bay Morning Blend for sharing this need.
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