Cosmetology Students Donate Their Services To Bed-Ridden Cancer Patients

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

For the bed-ridden cancer patients of Methodist Hospital in Omaha, the pain and stress they experience on a daily basis is life-changing.

A group of cosmetology students is changing these patients’ lives, too  but for the better.

Cosmetology students from Xenon Academy volunteered to give them a simple yet powerful gift  the gift of beauty! A service as simple as a beauty appointment can make a huge different and be effective in relieving some of the stress these patients are under.

Through a program part of the Inner Beauty Salon (founded by clinical cosmetologist Lori Fuchs), the students visited cancer patients and gave them manicures.

But the service doesn’t just empower the patients through a salon-quality manicure, but also through companionship. The salon continues the work of the volunteers, serving those who survived cancer.

Students visit the hospital each week to dole them out.

Just seeing the smiles on these patients’ faces is a moving experience for all, like for student volunteer Courtney Perry and for patient Karen McManis. We love stories like this where, despite grave circumstances, the sick can be comforted in a significant way, like this 6-year old and this sick farmer.

This story just goes to prove that while a manicure may not be significant to most of us, the simple gesture behind it can brighten up someone else’s day. We hope that the volunteers will keep up their wonderful work!

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