Benefit held for cancer patient

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An East Texas woman is facing a massive physical and financial battle, but a fraternity of hair-dressers has come through in a big way. Longview hair stylist Kristie Coe was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. The 34 year old mother of 4 was looking at hefty medical bills, so her styling contemporaries took over.

"It's a benefit for Kristie Coe. She's a local hair stylist here in town who's been diagnosed with cancer, and we thought that it would be a great idea to organize a benefit," says event organizer Trisha Morillo.

From silent auction to bake sale, to plain donations, the community showed its support. Many came to support Coe , because they could see how they could be in the same situation.

"It can happen to any of us at any time. I think we hair stylists are a close-knit community, and we love helping one another with hard times," Morillo says.

Coe's former employer, Sydney and Company, hosted the event and they hope it eases the family's burden.

"Kristie's a little speechless when she first walked up; but she's very grateful for it. The whole family is, " says Morillo.

In just four hours, volunteers raised over $10,000 for the Coe family.

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