Virginia College offers free beauty services to cancer survivors

Virginia College offers free beauty services to cancer survivors

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

About 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. It will kill more than 600,000, according to the National Cancer Institute. 

Virginia College offered a free, one-day makeover service as part of National Cancer Survivor Beauty and Support Day. 

This is the second year the college is offering this, but Keatha Sorrell, the College's Program Director of Cosmetology, says it was a long time coming.

"We care about the people, and to me, and to us here, it's about the people. If you look good, you feel good. Allowing us to do that is a pleasure," Sorrell said.

Sorrell says this day helps the students by sharpening their people skills.

"This is a great opportunity for our students to learn how to be able to be more effective behind the chair. They are now able to communicate and learn how to consult," Sorrell said. 

Christine Cooks defeated breast cancer. She says survivors still need to be on the lookout. 

"No matter what we go through as cancer survivors we still need to watch out, other cancer cells can pop up anywhere. It's so nice that they honor us this way, it gives us a great feeling," Cooks said.

Stylist Kateland Thomas finds the day rewarding.      

"When they like something, they give you that smile and start tearing up, that's the best tip you can get," Thomas said. 

Cooks is more than pleased with the job they have done. 

"Look at my nails. I'm gonna be looking good," Cooks said. 

Sorrell expects there to be a bigger turnout next year. 

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