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Month-long fundraiser to help families with kids battling childhood cancer; Isaiah 117 House expanding its service to children entering foster care

Sue Guinn Legg • Sep 12, 2018 at 10:04 PM

Johnson City’s new Premier Cosmetology Academy is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a month-long fundraiser for the Live 4 Tay Foundation that provides financial support to families with children diagnosed with cancer and childhood cancer research and awareness.

In conjunction with September’s observance of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the academy is running a gift basket raffle and prize giveaway, donating $5 from every manicure and $10 from pedicure purchased on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and topping it all off with a community bazaar set for Saturday, Sept. 29.

From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the academy, located at 3410 W. Market St., the bazaar will feature a variety of craft and accessory vendors, custom wigs and hair pieces made on site, face and body painting, chair massages by Jones Chiropractic, custom-made vinyl T-shirts, concessions by T’s Little Kitchen food truck, a Blood Assurance blood drive and more.

Also during the month of September, any licensed hair stylist who donates $50 to the Live 4 Tay foundation will be entered to win a scholarship for the instructors course at Premier Cosmetology Academy and any student who enrolls in the academy will receive a $500 discount on their tuition.

Academy owner Sharon Smith and instructors Phyllis Mintz and Debra Bridges chose the Live 4 Tay foundation as a means of giving back to the community after learning the story of a young softball player named Taylor Filorimo, for which the foundation is named.

The youngest person ever diagnosed with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Papillary Type 2, a cancer most common among people age 50 or older, Tay distinguished herself as a cancer-fighting warrior and a cheerleader for other cancer patients during her three-year battle with the disease.

She was instrumental in the designation of September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness month and in honor of her efforts her name is now attached to products of multiple beauty supply companies that support the foundation named in her honor.

More information about the foundation can be found online at live4tay.org and the Live 4 Tay page on Facebook. More information about Premier Cosmetology Academy’s drive for the foundation by be obtained by calling the school at 423-328-0386 or by contacting Wendy Avery at [email protected]

The new Isaiah 117 House that provides temporary shelter, care and love to children entering state custody in Carter, Johnson and Unicoi counties is working to expand its services into Washington County.

Since opening it first house in Elizabethton in June, Isaiah 117 House has  served more than 40 children ranging in age from 4 months to 17 years old. While their average length of stay is only a few hours, each child who comes to the house after being removed from their parents’ custody is spared the trauma of spending those hours in a sterile office setting, given a meal, a place to play and two new sets of clothing, shoes, pajamas and a toy or a comfort item to take with them.

Director Rhonda Paulson and her husband founded the house on the biblical instruction "take up the cause of the fatherless,” found in Isaiah 1:17. They are now ready to carry that instruction further.

A fundraising luncheon to kick off their drive to open a second Isaiah 117 house in Washington County will be held from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Grace Fellowship Church. 2314 S. Greenwood Drive. Admission is free but reservations are required and may be made by contacting Paulson at 423-773-5677. More information about the house is available online at www.isaiah117house.com.

If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at 423-722-0538, [email protected] or P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605.

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