Isela Scroggins, a hairstylist at Suddenly Perfect hair salon, is buoyant, bubbly and there is no way to tell, other than her laborious rising from a high-seated chair, that just two weeks ago she received one of her best friend’s kidneys.
After she languished on the transplant waiting list for a year and a half, enduring torturous nine to 10-hour daily dialysis treatments, Rocio Valencia, who first met Isela at Adrian’s Beauty College in Turlock, found out that she would be a perfect donor match. When other family and friends tested failed to a match, this news came as a welcome surprise. Rocio had become frustrated at the lack of progress and decided to start the long testing process. She was elated that things appeared to be coming together. “It felt right,” she says. “Everything had lined up perfectly. It was amazing.” Both women have started Go Fund Me pages for donations and Westside Ministries is holding a fundraiser complete with a chicken BBQ dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 952 Columbia Ave., in Turlock. Tickets can be purchased at Carr’s Cleaners, Bliss Salon & Spa (Rocio’s shop), ROQ Fit, Suddenly Perfect or Westside Ministries.
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