HPU students created the event with the help of an assistant professor of human relations, Sarah Nielsen, who is a cervical cancer survivor, and members of the HPU community to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and awareness of cervical cancer.
Women in attendance were in for an afternoon of makeovers in the Webb Conference Center, where they also learned about cancer prevention and early detection and heard first-hand accounts of cervical cancer.
Local artists and stylists donated their time and expertise to treat attendees with hair and nail styling, along with make-up aid and tips.
Grace Barrett, a student at HPU and a member of the University’s “Colleges against Cancer” chapter, wanted to come up with an event that was both fun and informative.
“This event was a great way for girls to get ready for a Friday night while also raising awareness for cervical cancer and fundraising for the American Cancer Society,” Barrett said in a press release. “At the end of the night, we raised hundreds, and I could not be happier with the turnout. I know that it was only our first year, so I look forward to what we can do next year.”
The Jan. 31 event marked the close of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
“January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and this event focused on a cause that is very close to my heart,” said Nielsen. “Cervical Cancer is a very preventable disease. Knowing how to prevent and recognize symptoms is the key to early detection and lessening the impact on our community. I am thrilled to have shared my experience with cervical and vaginal cancer with the women who attended.”
Below is a video from WXII News of coverage of the event: