Bright Spots: Local Salons Helping Boy Cut Out Cancer

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From his boots all the way to his contagious smile, Remington Waters is a typical little boy. When you look at him, you’d never know he’s fighting for his life.

Remington’s mother, Meagan Waters, said he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on Jan. 18. According to the Mayo Clinic, neuroblastoma develops from immature nerve cells and is most commonly found in children 5 or younger.

“He has done one round of chemo already and we will go back for round two of chemo next week,” Waters said. “His journey will be about a year to a year and a half to get all of his treatments done.”

But Remington and his family are not fighting alone.

“Whenever everything started happening, I just wanted a way to pay forward some things that people had done for my family,” said R&Co Salon owner Rindy Hodges, who is close friends with Waters.

Hodges is no stranger to heartache. In fact, Hodges and her family are still reeling after her brother Rowdy Harrell and his new bride Blakely were killed in a car crash while on their honeymoon in November 2020, just three days after their wedding.

“I remember when everything happened with Rowdy, just not knowing how we would put one foot in front of the other,” Hodges said. “For us, it was people pouring into us and pouring into our family that got us through. I just felt what having an army behind you feels like, and I hope that Remington, Megan and Thomas can just feel the love and support of the army they can supporting them right now.”

Hodges said she had the idea to host a cut-a-thon for Remington, offering discounted services and giving all the proceeds to the Waters family.

Within one week of advertising the salon’s cut-a-thon, Hodges had others joining in the effort. Now, Salon Mia Bella in Northport and Hair Etc. in Tusclaoosa are adding their stylists to the fundraiser.

The cut-a-thon is happening Feb. 21 from 9 a.m. until the stylists stop for the evening at all three locations, Hodges said.

“We will be doing cuts, men’s cuts, kids cuts, women’s cuts and all over single processed color,” Hodges said. “All services will be at a discounted price and 100% of proceeds will go to Remington.”

Waters said her family is blessed to have so much support from the community, and has this message to those helping her family.

“We are so thankful and appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts,” she said. “If you are ever in any need, we will be right there for you as well and return the love that has been given to us.”

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