Hairstylists band together to help an ill 3-year-old girl

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Kalli Ownes, 3, suffers from Focal segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a medical condition that caused the three year old's kidneys to suddenly fail in June 2012.

A family dealing with the burden of illness is getting some extra support from the community.

Every clip, cut, and curl at Salon Amie was all to help three-year-old Kalli Owens.

Brandi Owens, Kalli's mother, said, "She looks fine. If you look at her you would have no idea that she is sick whatsoever."

Kalli suffers from Focal segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a medical condition that caused the three year old's kidneys to suddenly fail in June 2012.

"She nearly died, and she'll tell you that helicopters take you to heaven. And she can tell you about the people she met there," said Brandi Owens, who also said there is no indication in Kalli's medical records that she passed away at any point.

Elaine Stapleton, Co-Owner of Salon Amie, said, "When we heard about it we were like, 'We've got to do something. This is crazy. This is a baby."

Hairstylists at Salon Amie decided they wanted to help. Sunday, workers did not charge customers for services. Instead, customers were asked to make a donation to the Owens Family to help them with medical expenses.

Hairstylist Jennifer McCall said, "Many of the people who have come in are not our normal clients. Some have just come in and donated without even getting a haircut because they want to for the family."

"Even one dollar is more than they had before and so you have to look at it like that. No matter how much money is being brought in it's all for them," Stapleton added.

The Owens are thankful for every penny donated. The love and support demonstrated by East Tennessee gives their family strength.

Brandi Owens said, "This is amazing. This whole thing has been just one incredible walk through a miracle and I'm still just am not totally used to that."

Sunday night, there was also an event at Ray's Entertainment Sports Grill to also raise money for Kalli and her family.

Brandi Owens said there is a potential kidney donor and if all goes well three-year-old Kalli could have a new kidney in May.

Those rallying for Kalli want to raise awareness of the need for organ donors, especially live donors.


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