A Promise Made to "Princess Ali" Becomes Reality
Hear ye, hear ye, all young princes and princesses! You are invited to don your finest royal clothing and attend a special gathering in honor of Ali Shae Coleman, also known as Her Royal Highness of the Pink Rose Foundation.
Dubbed the "Ali Shae Spa Day," this event is the brainchild of Rootz Salon and Spa owner David Anderson, who said he feels like he is finally delivering on a promise he made to a young friend two years ago.
"So many people in this community knew Ali, and knew of her battle with childhood cancer," Anderson said of the vibrant 6-year-old, who loved tea parties, dress-up and manicures with her mom. "I originally wanted to create a celebration to mark her halfway point with the chemo treatment. It was incredibly sad when she passed away before that party could happen."
Anderson said he teamed up with Ali's mom a few months ago with the idea of the Ali Shae Spa Day to help introduce and support the Pink Rose Foundation.
"I created the Pink Rose Foundation as a way to honor Ali and help support other brave children like her, who are facing the battle of a lifetime and need resources," said Ali's mother, Tiffany Coleman.
The Ali Shae Spa Day will feature a variety of family-fun activities that were some of Ali's favorites: face painting, stick-on tattoos, pretend play and royal treats. Plus, a very special "daddy hair-braiding" class will be offered.
"We want all kinds of families to come enjoy this event, which we've purposely chosen to take place at Halloween time. That was a favorite time for Ali," Coleman said. "Basically, you bring the dress and we will do the rest!"
The Ali Shae Spa Day will take place on Saturday October 14 from 1-3pm at the Rootz Salon and Spa, located at 633 East A Street. The cost for the Prince and Princess package is $30, which grants entry for the entire family. The hair braiding class size is limited - please note at time of your ticket purchase if you'd like to attend.
Ali Shae Coleman was just 6 years old when she lost her battle with cancer in 2015.