MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis school gave back Thursday by pampering cancer patients, survivors and caretakers for Valentine’s Day.
Earnest J. Trice has plans for Valentine's Day – he's heading to Arkansas to see some old friends.
“Make sure these guys do me a good job,” Trice said. “Make me look good. I know they will.”
Trice survived colon cancer in 2003 and for years has attended events at Trezevant Career and Technology Center, which provides free cosmetology services to cancer patients and survivors.
“I look forward to them doing it so I’m excited,” Trice said.
“We do things like manicures, pedicures, facials, eyebrows, hair services,” said cosmetology student Mia Spann.
Trezevant CTC holds these events on most holidays.
At this year's Valentine's Day Pamper Me Pink event, caretakers were invited along with cancer patients and survivors.
“Giving the caregivers an opportunity to get away, you can't put a dollar value on that,” Trice said.
Trice said the camaraderie at these events reminds everyone they're not alone.
No one wants to be alone, especially on Valentine’s Day.
But looking beyond just one day, Trice sees the impact these days make in the lives of the students.
“They are our future for tomorrow,” Trice said. “I don’t want them to feel sorry, but I want them to learn empathy.”
“We just do it for fun because we know people don’t have the advantage of going and getting it done,” Spann said.