Woman with cancer gets makeover, photoshoot

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During the month of October, many of have shown support for breast cancer awareness by participating in fundraisers, relays and, most importantly, wearing pink to honor those affected by the disease.

One local make up artist is doing his part by giving one survivor an opportunity to feel glamorous.

Kelly Harrod has been battling cancer for eight years now.

The disease first started as breast cancer but, over the years, the cancer has spread to her lungs, bones, liver and brain.

“I first found out in 2007,” Harrod said.

Harrod said she immediately thought of her two girls when she found out.

She said she knew she had to make it for them.

“It’s all in God’s timing and all in God’s hands, and we’ll get through it the best we can,” Harrod said. “I think I’ve proven that to her over the last eight years, that Mommy isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.”

Harrod was chosen to receive a makeover and photoshoot from makeup artist Michael Harris.

He and stylist Eureka Calhoun from Velvet Lope partnered with Dillard’s to give Harrod a day she’ll never forget.

Harris reached out to the American Cancer Society, and they allowed people to nominate others.

He said he wanted to pay it forward to someone affected by breast cancer.

“We all get things in life that’s given to us out of the blue, so why not do what God is doing for us and bless somebody else the way we can with our gifts,” Harris said.

Calhoun said she was excited to work with Harrod because she never really dressed up before.

Calhoun said it brought her so much gratification to be apart of the makeover.

“I was excited to take her out of her comfort zone and put her in something that made her feel good,” she said.

Harrod said she spends most of her time attending to her family and her health.

She said she rarely takes the time to treat herself but, maybe after this day, that may change.

“It’s awesome,” Harrod said. “I’ve had so much fun. It’s like a movie star, princess.”

Harrod wants people affected by cancer to always keep fighting and to never give up.

She said it first starts by getting checked early.

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