BASS LAKE - As a volunteer firefighter for 26 years for the Bass Lake Fire Department, Phil Banasiak is used to saving peopleâ€™s lives. Fighting for his own life, on the other hand, is not something he is familiar with. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Banasiak felt fine; he worked all day, went out to dinner, came home, and fell asleep on the couch â€” but when he woke up Sunday morning, he was stunned to discover he was paralyzed from the waist down.
â€śItâ€™s a kind of shock. How many people do you know that went to sleep on Saturday and woke up and couldnâ€™t walk on Sunday?â€ť Banasiak said.
It wasnâ€™t until Shari Kirkland and her husband pulled up in front of Michelleâ€™s Headquarters on Culverâ€™s Main Street earlier this month that Shari began to guess at what was in store.
Thatâ€™s because a van with the â€śHello Gorgeousâ€ť moniker was parked nearby, and Kirkland had seen a television news report on the organization recently.
â€śI had a blast,â€ť she says of what followed, â€śand I wish more (hairdressers) would get involved. Iâ€™ve never had a pedicure or manicure before, and nobodyâ€™s washed my hair since I was a little kid! So it was good -- everybody was so friendly.â€ť