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Highlights from No Worries Now Prom 2014

Beauty Bus joined hands with No Worries Now Prom event held on June 12, 2014.  No Worries Now Prom is an annual charity prom held for teens living with chronic and terminal illnesses and the nonprofit organizes it to be a special night for them to remember. BBF worked their magic on these lovely teens and provided pop-up salons for people to get ready with hair and make-up services done by our Beauty Professionals. For this event, social media intern, Julie was able to conduct quick interviews of our amazing Beauty Professionals and Beauty Buddies to show the magic behind the scenes.

Dianna, Beauty Bus Professional

 

J: Is this the first time you had volunteered at a No Worries Now Prom event?

D: “No.”

J: If not, how many times have you volunteered in the past?

D: “I also volunteered last year.”

J: What services did you provide for the event?

D: “Makeup”

J: What did you enjoy the most about volunteering at the event?

D: “Meeting the clients and hearing their stories and sharing it in their excitement.”

 

J: Did anything stand out to you?
D: “How well run the event was.”

J: Do you have any positive comments/testimonials about the Beauty Bus Foundation and our mission?

D: “I feel honored that I am able to work with such an amazing organization that helps make people feel their best.”



SMA & Children Living with Illness

August’s awareness focuses on Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a condition that affects about 4 in every 100,000 people – mostly infants and children. With three differing types of progressive SMA, the lifespan of an affected child can range from 2-3 years to early adulthood. Regardless of the onset, little muscle tone, weakness and feeding and breathing problems are apparent in all types of SMA. Although these symptoms limit a growing child to a stationary life, young boys and girls living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy have the same need for love, emotional support, and activities that provide engagement and community.

Nora, a young girl with SMA, is a fun example of a young child with SMA interacting with her therapist as she practices the words and expressions of emotion. What’s so beautiful about this moment is Nora’s keen sense of play as she shapes her face to mimic the emotion she is learning. It is apparent that Nora is only limited in her ability to move, not her ability to communicate and enjoy the lesson.

Children and young adults who face limited physical and communicative abilities benefit from a community that allows them to share their needs directly, as best they can. As a young teen with SMA, Beauty Bus client Courtney loves receiving

The need to belong, engage, make choices, and be noticed are strong motivating factors for young people and the forming of self esteem, and help Courtney and others living with SMA to retain a sense of self.

Children and young adults with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, although living a physically limited lifestyle, have a core need for engagement and communication. As part of their community, it is our job to recognize this need and participate with them in their growth.