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Cutting Hair for Kinleigh

Community members can get a haircut while also helping out an Osawatomie first-grader Saturday.

Kinleigh's father, Matt Johnson, said his daughter has battled an autoimmune disease called morphea or scleroderma since she was about 2 years old. The rare disorder creates patches of hardened lesions on her skin.

Matt said some intense treatment started about three months ago, and Kinleigh already has been to Children's Mercy Hospital about eight times in July. She's been given steroid shots and low doses of chemotherapy that have been ineffective, so doctors plan to change medications and start a new treatment Aug. 13, Matt said.

The Cutting Hair for Kinleigh fundraiser is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Mane Drama Salon in Osawatomie. Organizer Cristina Ramirez said she and her fellow stylists at the salon decided to donate their time Saturday to cut hair and raise funds for 6-year-old Kinleigh, whose family comes to the salon for their haircuts.

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