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Montwood High School cosmetology students host pamper day for breast cancer survivors

Montwood High School’s cosmetology salon is usually only open to the public on Wednesdays.

But on Saturday, students welcomed those who are battling breast cancer for a day of pampering.

“It was just something that we wanted to do support our community, and let those out there know that we’re here for them and we understand what they’re going through,” junior Sydney Lopez said.

Lopez along with her classmates Brianna Avila, Michelle Rodriguez and Alejandra Miranda helped organize the event.

“They’ve got good hearts and they’re hard working. When we first started to talk about this project, without hesitation, these ladies stepped in and they took it. They got our cosmetology department involved,” student activities director Ana Player said.

Students enrolled in Montwood’s cosmetology program are able to get their cosmetology license while they’re still in school.

“It feels great being able to help people while doing what I love,” cosmetology student Katie Balderrama said. “When my mom had breast cancer; it’s hard because you feel your not as beautiful anymore. It’s nice to know they feel something, at least a mani or a pedi can help make them feel beautiful.”

Terry Rodriguez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, said she was thankful for the gesture.

“It’s just really special that they came out on their Saturday,” Rodriguez said. “We’re here early with their bright smiles, and it’s really nice.”

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