Young patients get makeovers at Park Ridge hospital

December 14, 2011 (PARK RIDGE, Ill.)

Lucia DeBartolo, a cosmetology instructor at the College of DuPage, visits the hospital once a month to donate her services to children who are patients in the hospital .

"It's a win-win. It is rewarding to work on the patients and their parents," she said.

Takamori Nara, 11, is in the hospital for a liver condition. On Wednesday, he got a new hair cut.

Allison Ball, who is being treated for anemia, got her nails done and her hair braided. Now she is ready for the holidays.

"A lot of time you spend in the hospital is waiting, so it's nice to have an activity," said Lauren Ball, Allison's mom.

Zoey Vallee, 5, is in the hospital because of an infection from a spider bite. Zoey was anxious to get her hair braided.

"I think it's awesome, very wonderful. It makes her feel like a princess," said Trisha Vallee, Zoey's mother.

Destiny Garcia turned eight years old on Monday. She has pneumonia and is anxious to go home. Not only is did she get her hair braided, but she also selected some colorful hair extensions to weave into the braids. Destiny, who loves theater and music, said she loves getting all dolled up.

"It feels awesome," said Destiny

"It is really nice, it's really neat that they do something because she really, really wants to go home and having this done takes her mind off of it," said Julie Serifobaski, Destiny's mother.

"It is very rewarding because I like to volunteer my time and give back to the hospital, because I myself, have been a patient here," said DeBartolo.

DeBartolo offers the beauty makeovers one day out of each month.

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