JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Christopher Copeland has been through lots of crises in his life.
After working for years to build his clientele as a stylist and own his own salon, his 6,000 square foot business called Christopher's was shut down by a fire on Southwest Drive in Jonesboro. Hairdressers working in his salon had to find other places to work. Copeland had to start over with a two-chair hair studio located on Stallings.
But, nothing has affected this Trumann native more than the disease attacking his liver.
"After thirty years, I've had to retire due to this disease," Copeland said. He now makes his home in Little Rock. "I moved to Little Rock and opened a studio salon and continued by education to become a Master Stylist. I worked behind the chair part-time and traveled on Sunday through Tuesday to different cities to do stage artistry and national education for different companies."
Now Copeland desperately needs a liver transplant to survive.
"This has been a long journey," Copeland said. "But I have a strong faith and know that God has control over this."
One of the cosmetologists who worked for Copeland at Christopher's, Lisa Fletcher, hosted a fundraiser at Sola Salon Suites on Saturday. The Cut-A-Thon benefited Help Hope Live. Help Hope Live is a non-profit helping patients like Copeland, their families and community volunteers with tools and support to raise fund to pay medical bills.
"It's a great organization," Copeland said. "Help Hope Live helps with benefits and maintains the account."
All proceeds from the Cut-A-Thon at Sola Salon Suites are tax-deductible and go into an account to cover Copeland's expenses such as caregiving, travel costs to and from care and food.
Fletcher says she hopes the donations will help the man she calls her mentor.
"Christopher is a very giving man," she said. "He gave to the community here in Jonesboro quite a bit and he helped a lot of people in the industry get started."
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