OCT 2016

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[ 78 ] • DAYSPA • october 2016 winning ways by Leslie Lang What inspired this charitable act? Young teenagers battling cancer are just like any other 12- and 13-year-olds, and it's really important to me that they're treated the same way as their peers. I reached out to a friend who works with Candlelighters to see if she knew any girls who could take advantage of a free spa day, and she found Peyton and Ellie. These are happy, sweet, beautiful girls who are fi ghting through tough cancer treatments. The two met at Texas Children's Hospital while they were being treated and have become close friends. They're going through their cancer journeys together, which we thought was special. What preparations did you and your staff make? Ellie and Peyton were both undergoing treatment when they came to our spa, and the nurses helping to care for them wanted to be sure we understood the underlying threat of an infection to their overall health. We made sure that we didn't cut their cuticles, for instance, because we didn't want to take any risks. The only—but very important—preparatory work I needed to do involved talking to my staff about how delicate these girls were. What did the day entail? Chemotherapy can be very harsh on the hair, and the girls' hair was just starting to grow back, so we stuck to performing nail, makeup and facial services to help Ellie and Peyton feel super special. They really enjoyed their facials—we started with a steaming, and then we put on a face mask by high-end, plant-based botanical line Yon-Ka. We don't skimp on quality just because we're treating teens and tweens! On the day itself, we remained open to the public and had fi ve or six employees staffi ng the spa. What was the day's most memorable moment? We invited a local reporter for Channel 13 to come and record the event. When she asked the girls how they felt about their experience, Ellie said, "I felt really pretty today." Between me and my employees M e2 Beauty Bar, a Houston spa and salon that caters to 11- to 18-year-olds, recently treated two young girls with leukemia to a free spa day. Owner Melynda Dunn (center) partnered with the Houston chapter of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, a nonprofi t that supports families of children with cancer, to provide 12-year-old Peyton (left) and 13-year-old Ellie (right) with a special day of pampering. Below, Dunn explains the woman (and brain!) power behind her event. Young Beauties Two Texas tweens battling cancer were gifted their very own spa day.

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