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Driving the Beauty Bus to help seriously ill patients and their caretakers

April 16, 2011 |  6:38 am

Beauty If you’re still figuring out what you want to do this weekend, and you’re in the mood for something that combines inner and outer beauty, you might want to consider the Beauty Bus Foundation’s second annual Beauty Drive fundraiser on Sunday.

The foundation is a nonprofit that gives free in-home beauty and grooming treatments to the terminally or chronically ill and their caregivers. Think that sounds, well, trivial compared with the other obstacles faced by people with cancer, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s, ALS and other serious maladies? It’s not.

Appearance is not the key to recovery, but it can affect a patient's mood and motivation, and help alleviate anxiety and isolation. "Everyone I have the chemo conversation with wants to know how it will affect their appearance," Dr. Lawrence D. Piro of the Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in West L.A. told The Times' Melissa Magsaysay recently. "It's a conversation worth having, and you can't trivialize or judge someone for it because what lifts somebody up is different for everyone."

Armani makeup artist Tim Quinn, a cancer survivor himself, showed Magsaysay how cosmetics can improve a chemo patient’s looks, dealing with pallor, loss of eyelashes and brows, pigmentation and other side effects. You can read her article about it here.

Now, are you thinking more seriously about the Beauty Bus fundraiser?

It will include a silent auction plus beauty stations where attendees can sample a little bit of the services patients receive, including blowouts and styling by Epic Salon, hair accessories from PopTinsel, manicures by ROB|B Salon and eyebrow shaping and lash application by Glitz Beverly Hills. There will be a men’s lounge, featuring scotch-tasting, a putting green and Man-icures, too.

KCBS/KCAL reporter Lisa Sigell is scheduled to host, and the special guest of honor is Beauty Bus board member Ann Mincey, this year’s Beauty Bus lifetime achievement award winner.

The fundraiser is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to  2:30 p.m, Sunday at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. General admission is $150 and VIP tickets are $250. Ticket are available at the door or online.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Beauty Bus Foundation volunteer Robbie Schaeffer of ROB|B Salon in Studio City gives Beauty Bus client Irene M. a manicure with help from Beauty Bus Foundation co-founder Alicia Liotta. Photo from 2009. Credit: Lindsay Marantz