I walked into AurA Salon & Spa this week to find a bright-eyed four-year-old ready for his camera debut. Cooper Miller looks like any other energetic little boy. You wouldn't know he is fighting for his life. In February, doctors diagnosed Cooper with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Cooper's mom, Alexis, said she took him to the doctor after Cooper experienced low grade fevers for a series of nights. His energy was lacking as well. Plus, they noticed bruises that just wouldn't go away. The family was shocked when they learned he has ALL. Cooper faces three years of treatment; he has already started chemotherapy and shaved his head.
Why, then, did I meet him at AurA Salon? A few weeks ago, Cooper's Aunt Tacie shaved her head in solidarity with him. She called her hairstylist, Jenessa Norris, to inform her that she wouldn't need to schedule an appointment any time soon. When Jenessa heard Cooper's story she decided to host a fundraiser for his family.
This Sunday, May 6th, AurA Salon & Spa will host the Cooper Haircut-a-thon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Women can get haircuts for $25. Men's cuts cost $10. They will also offer half-off waxing and spray tans. 100% of the proceeds will go to Cooper. "I just thought it'd be nice for everyone to take care of him and help him and his family out and take care of themselves," explained Jenessa. Alexis is moved by the generosity. "It means the world to me. We're going to do everything we need to do for Cooper, but to have the community rally and local businesses help us out - it's incredible."
AurA Salon & Spa is located in the Franktown Corners shopping center on Kietzke Lane.
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