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Nonprofit Gives Cancer Survivors a Day of Pampering

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A "power crew" of stylists gave free makeovers, haircuts and photo shoots to cancer survivors. A "power crew" of stylists gave free makeovers, haircuts and photo shoots to cancer survivors.

A new nonprofit is giving cancer survivors a silver lining.

Big C New Me is getting ready to take its message to cities across the country after kicking off its tour Sunday in Charlottesville. Central Virginia makeup artists, hair stylists and photographers came together to give cancer survivors a special day of pampering.

The day gave them a chance to relax and meet other people with similar struggles and triumphs. For Deanna Scott, it was a moment to relax, after spending six months recovering from breast cancer removal and reconstruction surgery.

"To come out the other side of that and then have someone say okay, we're going to help you feel confident and beautiful about yourself now that you've gone through all that - I think it's great," she said.

A "power crew" of stylists gave free makeovers, haircuts and photo shoots to cancer survivors like Scott on Sunday, thanks to Big C New Me.

"There's a lot of a things that are done to raise money for cancer research," Scott said. "But this is the first time I've ever heard of an event that's directed just to pamper the survivor."

Big C New Me's founder Amy Hart is a cancer survivor, and knows the struggles of adjusting to a new body image, and the importance of connecting with others.

"I had a huge scar on my neck so when I looked in the mirror I felt a little like Frankenstein," she said. "So just knowing that I'm not the only one, meet some other people who are maybe farther along in their healing process than I was, was very helpful."

And while the survivors might enjoy this day of makeovers, it's the connections they make here that will make a lasting difference.

"Talking with someone else about it who's had an experience - even if it's totally different from yours - is so helpful, It's one if the few times I'll shut up and listen," Scott said.

The participants in the "power crew" event today also got to pick out a free outfit at Belk.

Next, Big C New Me will head to Dallas, Atlanta and Ann Arbor to give more survivors a day that's all about them.

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