My name is Ashley Quinn and I am the Founder/President of Make Me Up Foundation. A close family friend, Liz, was diagnosed over a year ago with breast cancer. She underwent treatments and a double mastectomy and was in remission. Recently, she returned to the doctor due to trouble with breathing, and after undergoing testing it was discovered that the cancer returned and this time it was terminal.
It was very emotionally and physically draining on her and her family. Her treatments would consist of radiation and chemotherapy which could result in the thinning or complete loss of hair. I wanted to help her in some way but struggled as to how.
In talking with others, I had the idea to offer cut, color and styling services to help her feel a little better. I talked to Liz about it and the next thing I knew she had foils in her hair and a smile on her face. It had been over 15 years since she had colored her hair and was very excited to see the results. When she looked in the mirror, she had an even bigger smile on her face and tears of joy in her eyes. She said repeatedly how much she loved it, kept playing with it and saying how full it looked. She looked at me and we both started to cry tears of joy.
The fact that I was able to bring a little happiness to someone going through such a difficult time made me wonder how many other women I could bring that feeling to. After some time of brainstorming ideas, Make Me Up Foundation was officially in the process of becoming a business.
In honor of Liz.
I have a cosmetology license from Douglas J Aveda Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have worked in this industry for over five years. Providing services to people that make them feel good about themselves has always been a passion of mine. I am honored to be able to continue to do so through this ministry.
People have asked me ‘what inspired you to start this foundation'? There were a few areas that I wanted to focus on when beginning this non-profit. Coming from a financial stand point, many people look at getting their hair styled, cut, or colored as a luxury, not a necessity. Therefore, they are less likely to spend the extra money, especially having medical bills to pay from cancer treatments.
The idea behind this organization is for women to experience pampering without the financial burden of having to pay for the services. When undergoing treatments, women tend to get tired fairly quickly. Sometimes having to go to a salon to receive services is not possible. So, why not have a more relaxed experience in the comfort of your home?
Thank you for taking the time to read this story I share with you. I've had the utmost support from family and friends in this venture and am very excited to share this experience with women throughout the Grand Rapids area.
An extra special 'Thank You' to Liz, the woman who opened my eyes and inspired me to follow my dream and help other women.
How it started:
"Why not have a more relaxed experience in the comfort of your home?"