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Students participate in Light the Night Cancer walk.

Giving back to the local community was at the front of students’ minds this summer and fall. The Olathe campus begun fundraising for the Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in July. And, they’re still talking about it.

Light the Night was held September 20 and raises money for blood cancer patients and research.

“Our student body wants to give back in every opportunity that they can. They were really passionate about this cause,” said Ryann H., one of the managers at the Olathe, KS, campus.

Students held a bake sale and sold cancer awareness balloons. Each person that donated received a paper balloon to hang in the front lobby of the campus. The three students who sold the most received gift cards donated by the campus student council.

“It really brought our campus together, fundraising for this cause,” Ryann said.

In total, the students raised over $300 dollars.

At the event, the Regency students offered updo styling. Some attendees asked for color specific sprays to support a personal cancer cause. Children of all ages received mohawks and streaks of color. They also sprayed glitter in attendees’ hair to match the specific cancer awareness effort they were supporting.

Ryann said the students felt so strongly about the cause because funds collected supported families in the local community.

“It’s definitely something a lot of us have dealt with in life and are dealing with,” said student Alisha C.

Alisha said positivity energy was everywhere at the event, and mirrored the way cosmetologists give back to their clients with each service.

“Every day we give back,” Alisha said. “Every client is a new opportunity for you.”

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