Lending a helping hand

Cosmetology students will be part of the Manicure for Cancer event

Cosmetology students at Simcoe Composite School including Rebecca Sherman of Vittoria and Simcoe's Brianna Brisson will be part of the Manicure for Cancer event Dec. 14 at the school. That day, students, staff and members of the public will receive a manicure and hand massage in exchange for a donation to Camp Trillium. JACOB ROBINSON / Simcoe Reformer

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A group of Simcoe Composite School students is looking for willing hands to lend a hand.

Cosmetology teacher Anne Busk is bringing back the school’s popular Manicure for Cancer event next month. On Dec. 14 from 9a.m.-2:50 p.m. students, staff and members of the public can receive a manicure and hand massage for a donation. All proceeds will go towards Camp Trillium, a childhood cancer support centre in Waterford that allows patients and their families to enjoy recreational activities in the great outdoors.

“There’s so many people – even teachers and students – who have been affected by cancer,” said Busk. “One of my students just graduated from GELA (Grand Erie Learning Alternatives) – she had to drop out because she had cancer in her arm. She’s in remission now and going for another CT scan this month. She was so, so sick but she’s bounced back really well. My dad died of cancer and one of my best friends is fighting ovarian cancer right now – there’s so many different types and they need so much money for research.”

Camp Trillium is a non-profit that allows kids and their parents, siblings etc. to forget about their struggles for a short time.

“It helps the parents out because it gives them a break and it gives the kids somewhere to go where they’re with other kids the same as them – they don’t feel any different, they get to do lots of neat things and have lots of fun,” said Busk.

“(The families) get to relax a bit because when you’re driving for chemo and even when you stop, you still have a lot of things you have to be careful of.”

Manicure for Cancer is sure to give students a taste of what it’s like to work in a spa for a day while also providing some perspective on the fight some youngsters have to endure. Busk plans on showing the students videos of children utilizing Camp Trillium prior to the opening bell.

“I think it’s really good for them to understand how lucky they are that they don’t have illnesses,” said Busk. “They might take it for granted every day that they get up and they come to school but in one day your whole life can be changed … most of them know someone who has cancer, but they don’t really get the reality of it.”

Grade 12 student Rebecca Sherman is well aware of the power cancer can hold over a family.

“My aunt just passed away from cancer and my great grandma now has cancer so I just want to help,” she said.

The school’s cosmetology class has supported other cancer-related programs in the past and the initiative is always well received. Last year alone the group was able to accumulate $800 in just one day.

“We had a lot of community support last time,” Busk added. “Drop in, have something done and check it out. They can come anytime, we’ll be here all day.”

jrobinson@postmedia.com

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