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Nonprofit, Belk Host Beauty Event for Cancer Survivors

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A Charlottesville nonprofit teamed up with a department store Saturday to give cancer survivors a special treatment. Big C New Me and Belk in Fashion Square Mall hosted an event to spotlight the "Spectrum of Beauty".

"Just thought this would be a really nice treat for me to come and get some new makeup tips and get pampered a little bit," said Shelley Cole, a cancer survivor.

A fun, free makeover gives Cole a chance to relax and take her mind off a battle with ovarian cancer that started in May.

"I knew I was going to be through some physical changes as well as the emotional stuff," said Cole.

Cole and other cancer survivors were the stars of Belk's fall fashion trunk show in Albemarle County.  The department store partnered with Big C New Me for the event - aimed at sharing beauty tips to look great through cancer recovery.

"We're learning different techniques about making our skin issues kind of disappear, like scaring and redness - things that you might experience with radiation or chemotherapy or surgery," said Amy Hart, Big C New Me founder.

After a morning lecture series, survivors consulted with professionals and connected with women going through similar challenges.

"As survivors, as patients, we tend to kind of lock ourselves away and just barrel through this process we have to go through and that's the worst thing you can do. So the best thing you can really do is to call in those personal connections when you need them," said Hart.

This support system is making the road to be cancer free easier for Cole.

"It's really wonderful to have that and to be able to talk to people who's been through it, so that you can get ideas of what worked for them and what didn't work for them - just to know too that people understand what you're going through," said Cole.

Cole's cancer was caught early. She expects to finish chemotherapy treatments in December.

The University of Virginia mammography mobile coach was also stationed outside the store for screenings and to promote breast health awareness. 

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