Cosmetology Students “Go Teal & Pink” in Support of Cancer Awareness

2013-09-26 | 2013-09-11 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations, 9/11/13 - Matthew E. Killebrew, Director; (662) 621-4157 -
Photos by Darby Lamb, Assistant Director of Web Services, Coahoma Community College - (662) 621-4044 -
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Director of Human Resources, Wanda Holmes, having her nails painted Teal in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness.

Throughout the rest of September, and October cosmetology students at Coahoma Community College are trying to raise the level of cancer awareness locally by offering to paint the toes and fingernails of their patrons, and doing their eye makeup, two special colors that carry a much deeper meaning.

Those special shades are teal throughout September and Pink coming in October. Pink and Breast Cancer awareness are a very recognizable symbol throughout the country, but teal and its association with Ovarian Cancer is not as well known. That is why cosmetology students decided to add this special cause to their philanthropic work. They are partnering with Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center (NWMRC) and its staff to in this effort.

All of the money raised by the “teal and pink” work done through October; will be donated to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the American Cancer Society. Students are completing the work free of charge and are donating their tips to raise money.

“I am overwhelmed by the participation and generosity of CCC’s cosmetology students and their willingness to help us try and spread the word about symptoms and early detection of both Ovarian and Breast Cancer,” said NWMRMC Director of Community and Public Relations Dianne Mitchell. “We are grateful for their support and hope that we can even take it up another level in the coming years.”

Along with the free nail painting and make-up, guests at the salon will also receive free information about symptoms and early detection provided by the hospital.

The students are excited about this positive initiative and excited to be a part of it. The program is also excited to hopefully have some new local faces enter their salon and hopefully become aware of the many services they offer to the general public. Currently, there are 36 students in the cosmetology program with 16 of those scheduled to complete the three-semester course and prepare to take their boards in December. Twenty new students are already enrolled to begin the program new in January.

“We want the community to know what wonderful young people that we have here at Coahoma and hope that they will come out and support our efforts,” said cosmetology instructor Shirley Hicks. “Our students are doing great work and hopefully while they are here getting their nails done in support of cancer awareness they can become familiar with the quality, everyday services we can provide to them.”

You can stop by between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, and again from 1:30 to 8 p.m., in the Lee Flowers Building on the Coahoma Community College campus to support this effort. If you would like to call and make an appointment, please contact Shirley Hicks at (662) 621-4180 or (662) 621-4174. Walk-ins will also be accepted.