"Brush of Kindness," donation drive in memory of Marissa Tudor

Published: Aug. 28, 2018 at 5:29 PM EDT
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Marissa Tudor was a 22-year-old nursing student at Mercy College.

"A big giver, gave everybody a hug, everybody a kiss, just a warm person," said her father.

Her father, Mark Tudor, says she got strep throat every winter, so this summer before heading in to her final semester of college, she decided to get her tonsils removed.

"We never expected any complications this severe could happen in a routine surgery," said Tudor.

Tudor says his daughter spent nine days in the ICU following the surgery, a day at home, and then another week back in the hospital before she unexpectedly died in July.

Bleeding complications lead to blood in Marissa's hair. The combs in the hospital didn't do the trick for her long, thick hair.

Her father says she believed if she could feel pretty, she'd feel better.

"It's such an easy thing to comb your hair and you take it for granted and it really bothered her she couldn't make herself feel pretty again," said Tudor.

That's when she got the idea: A Brush of Kindness. It's a brush donation drive for hospitals, so girls like her could feel better while trying to heal.

"That was what she really wanted to do when she got out of the hospital and unfortunately, she didn't, so her mom, I and brother just kind of set sail on this," said Tudor.

The family has already collected $3,000 brushes and dropped many off at St. Luke's Hospital, Wood County Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Salvatore Capelli Salon in Levis Commons is one spot collecting brushes.

"It's a really neat cause, a really neat way to honor a beautiful girl and we wanted to help out," said Allison Schroeder, Marketing Director of Levis Commons.

"People helping us push her wish and gift out I think is what helps us get by every day," said her father.

Marissa's father says the idea has taken off in multiple states beyond Ohio and Michigan. He says friends in Illinois and Missouri are doing the same at their local hospitals.

If you'd like to donate, there is a link to the GoFundMe page in the top right-hand corner.