Head to Toe for Maggie

  

All mothers ask this question at least once:  “If something happened to one of my babies, how would I survive?”  Fortunately, most of us never have to find out the answer to that question.  But Laura Meador, mother of Maggie Meador did.  I sat down to talk to her recently at a fundraiser for medical bills that had incurred when Maggie, due to total renal failure had to have a kidney transplant on June 25th of this year.  In February of 2011, at just two years of age, Maggie was diagnosed with FSG (focal segmental glomerulosclerosis), a disease that forms scar tissue on the parts of the kidneys that filter waste out of the blood, the glomeruli, disenabling it to be able to filter out impurities and eventually destroying the kidneys.   In October of 2011, Maggie suffered complete renal failure  and was subjected to dialysis for 8 months, 7 days a week, 10 hours a day.

Back to the question, what do you think Laura Meador did?  Well, I can tell you what she didn’t do:   give up!  She and her husband, Donnie went to the people they knew would do one thing:  pray.  And pray they did!.  Soon there was a Facebook page, Maggie’s Prayer Warriors, and people began to put feet to their prayers with fundraisers and appeals for a kidney donation. That’s how Josh Graham heard about Maggie’s ordeal.  The donor had to be 18-55 years old and have the right blood type.  Josh’s kidney was the perfect match.  When Josh and Maggie met for the first time, Channel 2 covered the story, and then again on transplant day. (Look for the written story at www.wkrn.com.)   Maggie is doing fine now, taking medication to prevent her body from rejecting Josh’s donated kidney. But it has been over a month and, as you can see from the photos above, she is looking like a totally new little girl.

Now let me tell you how Head to Toe Spa comes into this story.  Maggie’s grandmother is Teresa Meador. For many years she worked as a hairdresser at this really great place, where all the employees helped each other, where prayer was a part of their daily lives.  So it made sense that when Teresa’s granddaughter became subject to this horrible disease, she would call on people she knew would help, and help they did!    Kathy Best, owner of Head to Toe Spa, has worked in Goodlettsville for 37 years and has been in business since 1983.  What started out as a rock house with 3 employees is now a 3-story facility with 35 employees.   In 1991, Kathy and her husband opened their new location at 302 Frances Street, right off of Rivergate Parkway in Goodlettsville.  Built to look like a Victorian house, the married business partners even attended stained- glass classes together so that they could install decorative windows in their new place of business.   All of the employees work long days, part-time, but this allows them to be home with family on their days off.  There are 16 hairdressers, 35 employees altogether;   all with a servant’s heart. .  The services of Head to Toe range from cuts, colors and perms to makeup , massage, body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing and lash and brow tinting.  One new service offered is for on-site weddings by hairdresser and makeup expert Cathey Ashburn.

Kathy’s husband, Wayne, a retired firefighter, is the “silent partner”.   He says that Kathy is the Brain, he is the Brawn”.  You certainly can’t argue with what they’ve done with their business, and the Fundraising event on July 22nd was nothing short of a miracle for the Meador family. Kathy, Wayne, and their daughter, Alyssa, were there from the beginning to ending cleanup.  Eric and Tonya Gregory, Maggie’s cousins who own “Bounce for Fun”, provided several bouncing activities, a dunking booth, and various concessions including cotton candy.  Kroger and HG Hills donated meat and buns for hot dogs and hamburgers and cold bottled water.  Firemen Jim Wilson and John Christmas brought their smokers and did the cooking.  Hairdressing and other spa services were provided by both present and former employees for donations to Maggie. Other fundraising activities included a silent auction, which include an autographed football from Tony Dungy, former coach for the Indianapolis Colts, face painting, chair massages, and a bake sale . Lois Collier, one of the hairdressers at Head to Toe and three of her friends from Living to Go Church’s 365 Ladies’ Group were there to support the fundraising event and are pictured above in their 365 shirts.  (From left to right:  Debbie Gotee, Marie Searcy, Lois Collier, and Debra Sherrill.)  Check out www.headtotoesalon.net  for more info about the Goodlettsville spa If you would like to make a donation to help Maggie and her family, you can visit your local Volunteer State Bank and give to the Maggie’s Medical Fund. You can also like and share Maggie’s Prayer Warriors’ page on Facebook.

 

 

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