Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A beautiful thank you

A single red flower sits in a small vase in the center of a table full of beige Giorgio Armani cosmetic bags, each filled with a variety of makeup samples. It is a token of appreciation amongst a sea of gratitude. “Look at that,” Tim Quinn says, pointing to the flower, given to him by an MGH nurse. “It’s amazing how wonderful the nurses here are.”

The same could be said – and often is – about Quinn. This marks the fifth year that the national director of creative artistry for Giorgio Armani has come to the MGH during Nurses Week to provide a day of makeovers for the Cancer Center nursing staff. Quinn, who in 2007 was treated at the hospital for testicular cancer, says the event is a way to give back to the nurses who were an integral part of his healing process.

“I want these nurses to feel as appreciated as we are of them,” he says. “This isn’t about makeup. It’s about making people feel special. We all live really busy lives, and sometimes no one takes the few minutes to do something fun, something that makes them feel good about themselves. Nurses have one of the toughest jobs, and this is a way to give some of the great energy they give back to them.”

Throughout the day, nurses stream in to the conference room in the Lawrence House, taking a seat at one of the many stations set up around the room. After a makeover and a fun overview on what types of moisturizer, foundation, mascara and eye shadow might work best in their busy schedules – they leave, smile planted firmly on their newly glossed lips and one of the cosmetic bags tucked under their arms.

Also in attendance at this year’s May 7 makeover event was Carol Hamilton, president of L’Oréal Luxe USA. A close friend of Quinn, Hamilton also will be honored next month at the MGH Cancer Center’s the one hundred event, an annual celebration of those who have made a difference in cancer care. “Tim is a dear friend of mine, and the experience he went through and the care he received was incredible. You saved his life,” Hamilton says.

Read more articles from the 05/15/15 Hotline issue.


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