Community gives free spa day to cancer survivor


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  Most would agree the moment you find out you have cancer everything changes. Money goes toward treating the disease and less about treating yourself.

Wilmington resident Tara Burton was diagnosed last September with stage two breast cancer.

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“You don’t worry about the little things like you use to,” Burton said.

She spent Monday morning picking out a evening gown at the Wedding Dress Shoppe to wear later in the day.

She was then picked up by VIP limo and taken to Wilmington Plastic Surgery for a facial. It was then on to Head to Toe Day Spa for a pedicure and make up. The folks at Salon Beyond Basics offered a hair do to top it all off. Burton finished the day with a photo shoot.

All of these services were donated to the program called ‘The Beauty of Hope’. It’s through the organization Lump to Laughter.

Founder Connie Hill chose Burton to be the first to experience a day of pampering.

This past year has been a long journey of emotions, doctor appointments, four rounds of chemo, 35 rounds of radiation.

“A lot of times you take for granted spending time with our family and I got to do that this past year,” Burton said.

By her side through the day, Lisa, a friend she met during treatment who is dealing with breast cancer too.

“I’ve got a second chance and that’s what it is to me,” Burton said.

Burton says she did find a lump herself and that it’s important to do a monthly self breast exam because it could save your life.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.