The New Guy by Chris Collier
by Chris Collier
July 26th, 2023

Remembering Hailey Holder Allen

Hailey Holder Allen battled stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS), an extremely aggressive sarcoma typically found in muscles attached to bones. She had tumors in both thighs, underwent numerous surgeries and finished 54 weeks of chemotherapy in August 2020. On Oct. 16, 2021, middle Georgia film shops converged and combined forces at Tint Pro in Warner Robins, Ga., to aid in the then three-year-old’s fight. That fight continued until she passed away peacefully on July 14, 2023.

Coming Together

Middle Georgia film shops converged and combined forces at Tint Pro in Warner Robins, Ga., during this fundraiser.

The event—dubbed Tinting for Time—saw tinters donate their time to ensure Allen and her family could fully utilize their time together. Tint Pro owner Kyle Fuller, friend of Allen’s family, and his team pre-scheduled 30 cars for the event, tinting with several participating businesses: Sun Shield Window Tinting in Warner Robins, Ga.; Eastcoast Motorsports in St. Marys, Ga.; Tint Hozilla in Forsyth, Ga.; Surface – Tint, Wraps, and Design in Forsyth, Ga.; Nicetints in Valdosta, Ga.; Tint By Leigh in Jefferson, Ga.; The Tint Diva in Gadsden, Ala.; and TNT Window Tinting/Sun Stoppers in Newnan, Ga.

The event generated $9,500 in tinting sales. More was raised through donations from the film community. Chuck Cochran, owner of Eastcoast Motorsports in St. Marys, Ga., traveled four hours with his family to contribute to the cause.

“We can do so much as a community for them because, one day, we may need the same thing from our own industry,” Cochran says.

Cochran is spot on. One of my favorite bible verses (Matthew 7:12 — The New International Version (NIV)) echoes this: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you …”

Tint Pro in Warner Robins, Ga., hosted and organized the event.

Window film professionals lived this out on Oct. 16, 2021, when they tinted for Allen. A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about a recurring theme of perseverance in this industry. I highlighted three individuals that battled darkness and emerged victorious. Kindness and unconditional support for those in need, no matter the time or place, is equally present.

“I could not imagine not being able to have this time with my kids,” Fuller says. “Just giving this family time is the one thing I wanted out of this, and I think that we’re able to help do that for a little while.”

Allen passed away, but this team of tinters accomplished their mission. This family received more time with their daughter.

Positivity is Powerful

I remember the two-hour drive back to my hometown of Roswell, Ga. As the sun set, the power of this industry’s positivity and kindness hit me. To this day, Oct. 16, 2021, is my favorite day of my career. As Allen played in a princess-themed bounce house, I chatted with her mother.

“We’re so grateful … the community has once again shown up, and we’re so grateful,” she shared.

Days like this make working in the window film industry special; days like this make me want to spend my entire career around film. I am thankful I could cover these generous efforts.

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  1. What a great story and turn out for the window film industry. It’s all about team work and giving back to the community when ever possible. I would have liked to participate however I stopped tinting cars many years ago, plus the installation process on auto has completely changed. I now concentrate on residential and comercial projects.

    Jim
    Sun Ban Window Tinting

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