Veteran's Day this year brought a beautiful and heartwarming day at Revive Salon in Bunnell, FL for five cancer survivors who had a transformational experience with thanks to voluntary salon staff and freelance beauty professionals.
Makeup artist Christina Borges, with two time breast cancer survivor, Janis Thompson.
Five women were primped and pampered while receiving stunning makeovers that included hairstyling, massage, nails, and makeup, followed by a photo shoot with Phil at Grosvenor Photography. Delicious food was donated by Vessel Sandwich Co. and Ruth Micieli at Simple Gourmet Catering and Mezzaluna Pizzeria.
Salon owner, Shannon Register is currently battling the disease and opened up her doors for women to be together in a safe space and enjoy an afternoon of support.
Making Over Cancer board member and event organizer, Michael Randazzo said, "I recently had a cancer scare and this cause has captured my heart. The women are a picture of confidence when they strut out of the salon door and that's our goal. One survivor at a time!"
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and 2007, makeover recipient Janis Thompson joked that one of her biggest goals is to outlive her pets. "To anyone else battling cancer, don't give up - stay positive, laugh and GET HUGS!" she says.
Sara Dane, Mellisa Woodburn, Becca Brown, Taylor Richman and Betsy Ginnane were amongst some of the prep and makeover team that really made a special impact to the event. "It may not seem like it, but when you witness the transformation and the unexpected spark that's suddenly present, the makeover can truly mark a new start to the next chapter of their life." says Keely Webster, founder of Making Over Cancer.
Watch video of Janice Thompson seeing her transformation in the mirror for the first time.
Special thank you to Georgina and everyone at Massage Envy for providing massage.