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Cancer Survivors Receive Makeovers Thanks to Nonprofit

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Nearly 40 cancer survivors in the Shenandoah Valley have new looks and brighter outlooks thanks to the nonprofit Big C, New Me and a beauty break at Belk.

Cancer and treatments like chemotherapy can leave lasting scars and a changed appearance.

Sunday's power pampering gave women a head to toe makeover and raised their spirits.

Courtney Ott has been battling cancer for a third of her young 15-year life.

“When I was 9, a week before I turned 10, I got diagnosed with osteosarcoma in my left leg,” she said.

Her treatment included a year's worth of chemotherapy.

“When you are bald and young like that it is hard to feel beautiful.”

Ott is one of about 40 women who received a head to toe make over at the Staunton Mall Sunday.

“This is really good to make everyone feel beautiful because everyone is.”

Each woman starts out at one station to get her hair cut, and then she heads to another area to have her make up done. Finally a photographer takes the glamour shot in a dress donated from Belk department store.

This day of pampering is courtesy of Big C, New Me, which partners with stores nationwide to give cancer survivors a beauty upgrade.

“After they've been through the ordeal of treatment and cancer sometimes it is hard to get out of bed,” said Amy Hart, cancer survivor and founder of Big C, New Me. “Looking in the mirror after that surgery was like seeing Frankenstein, and I became a little depressed.”

As women begin the pampering process, you can't help but notice spirits lift.

Hart says, more than anything, it gives women a support network and builds relationships that help them move forward, to whatever their futures might hold.

“I try to live every day like it is my last because it very well could be,” Ott said.

The Big C travels to Atlanta next and will partner with the Albemarle County Police Department for a car show and benefit in Crozet this May.

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