Cosmetology school supports fight against breast cancer

Fortis Institute offers free manicures, haircuts

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and during October a lot of companies reach out to the community to show support.

One cosmetology school did their part Friday to bless breast cancer survivors or people currently getting treatment.

Karen Bell is a five-year breast cancer survivor. She knows firsthand how cancer can strip someone of their identity.

"Six months of chemo and six months of radiation losing my hair and my nails and my brows," Bell said.

That's why Fortis Institute stepped in to provide free manicures or haircuts to survivors or people dealing with breast cancer.

"When people are in treatment, they lose all self-esteem. So we just wanted to show that we care and support them as a community as well," said Harree Beeman, of Fortis Institute.

Survivors or people battling breast cancer were encouraged to come in wearing their pink and show support, and a lot of people showed up.

Bell said that as a survivor, she thanks God for every day on Earth and now helps other people going through cancer treatments.

"Keep the faith and just be encouraged," she said. "Get some people around you that supports you, that will help you."

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