GDC School Shout Out: Operation BeYoutiful
We have two incredible stories in a special School Shout Out. I first found out about Operation: BeYoutiful a couple weeks ago. This group of Ohio State students started a non-profit group using grant money to help girls struggling with cancer. Their mission is to "instill hope, inspiration, and build confidence to young girls battling cancer."
Lauren Palmar, a third year student, is one of the founders and came up with the idea before college. Thanks to a grant and help from Ohio State she was able to make it a reality. They have helped three girls so far and it is entirely free for the recipients. Operation: BeYoutiful have a vendor that helps them make a custom wig, normally valued over $2000. They start the morning with the wig reveal and fitting then spend a day with the girl with lunch then enjoying one of their hobbies.
Their latest recipient, Emily Ball, also has a touching story. This is in the middle of her second battle with ovarian cancer. She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was eight years old. She is now fifteen and found that the cancer was back last November. Since then, the tumor has been removed and she has had a few rounds of chemo already. She starts radiation this week. On Saturday she met with the girls of Operation: BeYoutiful for the wig reveal, lunch at Nada, and then the afternoon at Sephora because Emily loves makeup.
Emily's mom, Veronica Rine, said that it is very touching to have the Ohio State students helping the young girls out. She said that, for girls dealing with cancer, hair-loss can be one of the hardest aspects to deal with and this will help raise spirits.
So our School Shout Out goes to the students at Ohio State for their Operation: BeYouriful, but Emily Ball also deserves a shout out for continuing her fight with cancer.
Here are their Facebook pages:
Operation: BeYoutiful (https://www.facebook.com/operationbeyoutifulorg)
Emily's Entourage: (https://www.facebook.com/EmilysEntourageAgainstOvarianCancer)