Like so many of us, Josie Volpentesta has been touched personally by cancer. Inspired by the strength of a few close friends currently going through treatment and experiencing the effects of illness, Volpentesta wanted to find a way to give back and celebrate the strength of her friends, as well as other men and women affected by cancer.
A celebrity makeup artist and Highland Park resident, Volpentesta realizes that when you’re going through treatment or taking care of a loved one, there is little time to focus on yourself or even think about taking a moment for an indulgence like a massage. That’s why she’s hosting an evening of pampering for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers at her husband, Anthony Volpentesta’s, Salon Vole.
Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. Complimentary services will include chair massages by Eric Montes of Equinox Spa in Highland Park and mini-makeovers by Volpentesta and her assistant, Hugo Sanchez.
Pam Danzig of Fit Rats will provide wellness motivation and will be giving away a wellness basket, while Rachel Rosenberg from Arbonne will be gifting healthy treats. Dr. Dena Mendes, a cancer survivor and author of “A Survivor’s Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass,” will speak at the event.
Also discussing her personal story will be Gwen Rich, a friend of Volpentesta’s and designer of handmade handbag line Gwen Marie. In 2012, Rich was diagnosed with an incurable form of stage four metastatic breast cancer. Now, she is parlaying her energies into her passion for design and raising funds for cancer research. The profits from the sale of Rich’s handbags fund the breast cancer research team at University of Chicago Medicine.
Volpentesta’s mission in creating this event is to celebrate the courage of every person on a journey with cancer. “Everyday brings opportunities to help others,” she says. “Such acts are unlimited and can be as simple as a kind word, a helping hand or a gracious smile.”
At the end of the evening, all of the guests will be handed a white balloon representing their fears. Everyone will go out to the street and release their balloons into the sky as a way of letting go of any negativity and embracing hope.