Tenn. – A local woman diagnosed with stomach cancer wanted just one thing for
Christmas – to look good and feel better.
Rickman has devoted her entire life to her family, so when she was given a
diagnosis of stage four stomach cancer, her family who wanted to make sure her wish
contacted NewsChannel 5 in hopes of making it happen.
When we put
out the call for help, another special woman who owns her own salon jumped at
the chance, and went above and beyond.
the rewarding part of my job," said Melissa Schleicher, who owns Parlour 3
in Brentwood. "I get to style celebrities on the road and all that,
but I love making people feel special. I go home at the end of the day,
feeling good, too."
didn't meet Rickman until she walked into the salon Friday, but the two women
meeting her, she's a tough lady," said Schleicher. "She's going
to be here for a long time, she's going to beat this cancer."
Rickman is incredibly tough. She's dedicated her life to her family, her
children, and grandchildren, and she's worked hard to support all of them.
cancer diagnosis came last year, it scared her, but it didn't stop her.
"I just continued
to fight," she said. "It's a hard thing to do, but you just
have to do it, you just can't kid up. These beautiful kids – that's what
keeps me going daily."
nephew said he just wanted to see her pampered, even if for just one day.
fact that she raised not only her kids, but helped raise me too," said
Travis Staten. "She's a very strong lady. She wanted to feel like
woman again, she wanted her hair and make-up and things like that done, and I
said okay. I didn't say anything else, I just said okay."
at Parlour 3 was just the beginning of her special surprise.
visit to the salon, a client overheard her story and felt compelled to
help. She donated $500 to Rickman and her family.
Schleicher presented her with the money, Rickman burst into tears.
my Christmas," she said. "Thank you all."
she went next door to Stacey Rhodes Boutique, where she was treated to a
designer outfit to call her own.
when you feel that you're pretty on the outside, it can also make you feel good
inside," said Rhodes. "It really helps."
lost nearly 100 pounds over the last year. She's also lost her hair, her vision
in one eye, and has suffered painful complications from the cancer.
In just a few
hours, though, her spirits were lifted.
million dollars," she said as she left the boutique. "I feel
like a million dollars."