Empire Beauty School in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin joined the cancer awareness movement this past June and helped brighten the day of local cancer survivors.
National Cancer Awareness Month is honored each June and salons and beauty schools around the United States step up each year and support local cancer patients and cancer survivors by giving them a day of beauty for free. The first Tuesday of June is dedicated to giving these services to honor those affected by the disease.
Empire Beauty Schools began its involvement with the cause back in 2010 and has been participating every year since.
Sarah Hebel was given a breast cancer diagnosis this past April and has begun chemotherapy. Since the diagnosis and treatments, Hebel has been tired and depressed and hasn’t felt much like even leaving the house. But she had a day of pampering and beauty thanks to Empire Beauty School.
Hebel’s aunt is a frequent customer of the beauty school and when she learned about the complimentary beauty services she knew her niece was a great candidate.
Executive Director of Empire Beauty School, Dayna Viau says the service offers cancer patients the opportunity to do something for themselves and just relax for one day. It is also an opportunity for students to practice their skills while giving back to their community.
Viau says the experience is rewarding to both students and patients alike and they are happy to make someone feel better even if it’s just for a little while.
The beauty services also come at a time when patient’s hair and nails are going through a tremendous amount of stress from chemo and radiation treatments. The spa services allow the patient to feel pretty at a time when they need it most and helps repair some of the damage done during cancer treatments.
Viau hopes that next year’s event is even more successful and more patients come to take advantage of their services.