Just 48 hours before she was set to leave for Afghanistan, Sarah Collier noticed something was wrong.
was scheduled to head overseas in a civilian capacity when she started having head rushes and noticed a swollen vein in her neck.
"So I decided, alright, this is blood flow, this is my brain—this is important. So before going over to the desert I went to the ER," Collier said.
After a lot of poking, prodding, scanning and blood drawing, doctors discovered the root of the problem—a baseball-sized tumor was pressing on Collier's heart. The tumor was part of an aggresive form of leukemia.
"I didn't end up going [overseas], but it was another blessing in disguise because I wouldn't have found it if I hadn't gone to the ER," Collier said.
When she started losing her hair, Collier went back to her local salon, in Bel Air, to donate some before losing it all.
She told salon owners about what was going on and the interest her friends and family showed in shaving their heads out of solidarity, and Bella Amici owners offered to host the head shaving party there.
The event went on without a hitch Wednesday evening with many who chose not to get their heads shaved instead donating hair or money to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Check out attached video of Sarah Collier sharing her story.