Paul Mitchell The School – Lincoln to Offer Free Haircuts to Support Organ Donation

On Thursday, April 6, Tanna Hanna and all the future professionals at Paul Mitchell The School – Lincoln will offer free haircuts to help raise awareness for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and the need for organ donors.

Free haircuts will be provided to anyone that registers as an organ donor at the salon, or who is already a registered organ donor, from 10 am – 5 pm.

No appointment is necessary. Free haircuts will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Paul Mitchell The School is located at 5601 S 59th Street, Suite D.

Tanna’s Story

Tanna, an aspiring stylist, organized the event in honor of her mother Kathleen Beam, who died in May of 2016 from PKD.

An inherited condition, PKD has plagued Tanna’s family for generations. Her great grandmother and grandfather also died of the disease; her aunt, cousin and brother are currently living with it. 

PKD causes multiple, fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys. The cysts grow over time, eventually shutting down kidney function and causing kidney failure. Like many others with the disease, Kathleen’s symptoms included back pain, blood in her urine and cramping.

There is no cure for PKD and a kidney transplant is often necessary to survive the disease. Dialysis can do the work of the kidneys until a donated kidney becomes available. Unfortunately for Kathleen, that kidney never came. Her kidneys had been removed, she was on dialysis and had been waiting for a donor for over a year when she died. Members of her family had been tested to be living donors, but none were a match.

Tanna believes education and compassion could have saved her mom.

“PKD has affected everyone in my family,” she said. “I talk about PKD with as many people as I can. It’s like one in 500 people who have it, and they don’t even know it until they hit their 40s, and then it’s too late,” she continues. “But to know that someone could have been on the [organ donor] list and given her a kidney, and she would have been there for my wedding…she would have been there to see my kid grow up. There’s just things that I won’t have my mom for and I don’t know how to wrap my head around that.”

The Need for Organ Donors

There are currently 119,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Over 98,000 of them need a kidney. Last year over 4,300 people who were on the waiting list died before getting a transplant.

All services are performed by students in training under the direct supervision of an instructor. For safety reasons children are not permitted on the clinic classroom unless they are receiving a service.

Posted: March 29, 2017

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