“I was going to lose my hair anyway, and I wanted to get my hair done wild, so I am getting it dyed pink,” Lindsay Simmons, 13, said as she prepared for the color treatment Wednesday at Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique on Canton Road in Marietta.
Lindsay, who is in the eighth grade at Cherokee’s E.T. Booth Middle School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood and bone marrow cancer, in 2007 when she was just 8 years old.
She underwent a bone-marrow transplant in 2009, but relapsed this past July.
Sara Simmons said her youngest daughter is now set to undergo tests at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Her chemotherapy is set to start on Nov. 4, and a second bone-marrow transplant is scheduled for Nov. 14.
“We’re hoping for no complications. That’s just the worst part,” Sara Simmons said. “(Lindsay has) been through so much. We just hope she’s strong enough to handle it.”
Although the coming days won’t be easy for Lindsay, Wednesday’s salon day allowed the family to enjoy a few good times before the storm.
“She loves to be pampered,” Sara Simmons said. “Lindsay knows what she’s getting into. It’s months of isolation afterwards, so this is just trying to make her feel good.”
Three-13 Salon gave Lindsay a full makeover, including a manicure, pedicure, makeup treatment and hair styling, at no charge.
Lester Crowell, the salon and spa’s managing partner, said special events like this one are part of the company’s mission.
“To be able to uplift people who are not as fortunate or people who are struggling through certain situations, it means a lot to all of my employees,” he said.
Hannah Simmons, 15, who donated bone marrow for her sister’s first transplant, said she was not at all surprised at sibling’s new hair color.
“She loves the color pink. That’s her color. Lindsay has a pink room, pink everything,” Hannah said. “She’s really happy.”
Sara Simmons said there is about a 25 percent chance a sibling can be a bone-marrow match. But the same donor can’t be used twice, and this time the match was found through the “Be the Match” national marrow registry, Sara Simmons said.
“It’s not perfect, but good enough to help,” Sara Simmons said. “We’re hoping for a lot of things with this surgery, and it’s really scary. We need lots of prayers.”