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.

Evergreen Beauty & Barber College instructor Diane Davis (center) helps student Ashley LaPreze, 19, develop a plan to cut the hair of client Alyn Nordhorn. Davis has worked at the Bellevue campus for 10 years, and now the students and faculty are sponsoring a fundraiser for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in honor of people like her who have fought cancer. By Chantelle Lusebrink

“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.”

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3 Responses to “Fighting together: Cancer survivor inspires beauty and barber school to host fundraiser”

  1. Frank Trieu on April 28th, 2010 6:12 pm

    I wanted to share how proud I am of our students and staff at Evergreen! They are an incredible group of men and women, who’s huge heart is matched by their talent! These guys ended up taking the first two places in a Double State Competition between Washington and Oregon Schools … couldn’t be prouder!

    In addition, we would like to thank The Issaquah Press for covering our fundraiser! Our customers have been even more supportive after this article and we are even closer to hitting our fundraising goal of $1000!

  2. Rose P. on April 29th, 2010 12:26 pm

    I have been pampered by students from Evergreen/Bellevue Beauty School off and on since I was in High School in the 60’s. I can’t say enough good things about the staff and students I’ve come to know as part of my family over the years.

    They offer quality, professional services at a discounted price while always maintaining a caring, friendly atmosphere. I look forward to each of my appointments and always feel better whether I’ve had a haircut, color tint, pedicure, facial, scalp massage….the list is endless.

    If you’ve never had the opportunity to meet these wonderful people, do schedule an appointment for yourself, a friend or family member. Better yet, make it a special day event! They’ve got a great special availale right now where you can get 50% off gift cards…a great deal! You won’t be disappointed!

    Again, I hope the Evergreen Beauty College will become your new “place to be pampered”. Be careful, though….I guarantee mixed emotions when one of YOUR students graduates!

    PS Thanks to all of the wonderful people I’ve met over the years as a client at Bellevue Beauty. A special “love ya” goes out to Camelita, Charlotte and Diane. You’re the best!

  3. Frank Trieu on April 29th, 2010 9:28 pm

    Rose, thank you for your beautiful comment. The next time you come in, please stop by my office so I can personally thank you for all your support of our students and staff. We feel very blessed to have both Linda and Charlotte entrust us with their school that they’ve built through the years; have Bellevue Beauty School as part of the Evergreen Family has been an incredible addition. We have recieved an incredible group of students, staff and clients like you. We are excited for our students growth and success ahead. They will change the industry one student at a time :)

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