Fighting together: Cancer survivor inspires beauty and barber school to host fundraiser
April 27, 2010
By Chantelle Lusebrink
It was a long battle, but Diane Davis said the support of her students at Evergreen Beauty & Barber College’s Bellevue campus helped her find the strength to fight non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2008.
“The hardest part was telling my family, I have two daughters, and helping them calm down,” said Davis, an Issaquah resident. “The treatments were rough, of course, too.
“But people here were so supportive.”
On behalf of Davis and other students and instructors who have battled cancer, the college and its students decided to host a fundraiser for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at both its Everett and Bellevue campuses, said Frank Trieu, director of the Bellevue Campus.
“This is a family-owned business,” he said. “It’s about our students, not about our business. Our business is to help our students grow holistically.”
“I think it’s wonderful that our students want to help,” Davis said. “Though, I didn’t go through Cancer Care Alliance, I know they have wonderful support services that are beneficial to people and families fighting cancer.”
The fundraiser asks patrons to purchase an Easter egg for $1, Trieu said. Inside the egg, like any good Easter egg, is a surprise, like $49 off microdermabrasion or $35 off a hair color treatment at the school.
“We have had just some wonderful guests come in and purchase 10 to 20 eggs at a time and give out these prizes to their friends,” Joe Trieu, his brother, wrote in an e-mail.
The Trieus are no strangers to cancer either, Frank Trieu said. Their father died two years ago from the disease.
“He is the reason we came back together,” Frank Trieu said.
All three of the children were involved in separate careers in real estate, investment banking and pharmaceuticals. When their father was ill, their mother needed help running the school, then only based in Everett.
But coming together actually helped them grow, he said. When the opportunity arose, they purchased Bellevue Beauty College as a second campus.
That’s when the Trieus met Davis.
“From the first time we met, they have been wonderful,” she said.
In just two weeks, the school’s students and faculty are half way to their goal of $1,000, but hope to raise the rest in remaining days.
With help from the community and the talents of their students, it shouldn’t be a problem, the Trieus said.
The students are very talented, so price reductions off services are a great deal, Davis and Trieu said.
In fact, many of them just returned from Portland after competing in the Student Day of Success, hosted by the National Oregon Cosmetology Association. There, Davis and her team of students took second place in the competition, which has students perform a variety of hair, makeup and skin skills that are judged.
“It’s exciting for me to see their journey throughout the year,” Davis said. “That’s what keeps me going and what keeps me here.”
The team that took first was from the school’s Everett campus.
“We run our school by 10 guiding principals, but we’re not only a school for technical training,” Frank Trieu said. “We want to teach our students to be involved in their customers and community, and teach them that they may not always have money to give, but they will always have their skills.”
Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.