Stacee “GiGi” Sturgis, a local media personality who was recently diagnosed with cancer, was left speechless when she learned that Celebrity Stylist Raquel Smith, hairstylist/entrepreneur Gocha Hawkins, entrepreneur/designer Ty Hunter, shoe designers Stuart Weitzman and Giuseppe Zanotti, the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta and others had joined forces to give her a spectacular head-totoe makeover during the Holidays. Sturgis had only been seeking a reputable and affordable source for a wig to replace the head of hair that she had lost to treatment when Raquel Smith revealed that she would get a makeover in recognition of her heroic character. This is Sturgis’s second bout with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). “I had a split second of wanting to give up,” Sturgis said. “But my inner being refused. I knew my purpose was to be positive, and to encourage others who may not realize that we don’t have to accept illness.”
Raquel Smith, a noted fashion stylist, designer, inspirational speaker and entrepreneur with a philanthropic heart, was deeply moved by Sturgis’s courage, perseverance and giving spirit. First, Smith enlisted the pro bono wig-making services of Ms. Hawkins, the award-winning hairstylist who owns Gocha Salon in Atlanta. Smith then brought aboard her colleague and “brother,” Ty Hunter, as well as her friend, Stuart Weitzman, and a host of others.
“In the midst of battling cancer for the second time, Stacee’s focus was as much on what she could do to help others as it was on her own recovery,” Smith said. “It’s estimated that 21,00 people will be diagnosed with AML this year, and only about 27% of them will survive beyond five years. Stacee,” she continued, “is a survivor who shows others how to have a survivor’s attitude. She deserves this makeover.”
The Four Seasons has donated refreshments as well as the use of their penthouse ballroom for the makeover on Saturday, December 16, 2017. The list of donors includes: Raquel Smith (evening-look wardrobe), Ty Hunter x Charming Charlie (day-look wardrobe); Giuseppe Zanotti (clutch bag); Stuart Weitzman (shoes); Gocha Salon (custom wig), Ivy Vail (hairstylist, Gocha Salon); Kicherie Council (make-up artist); Fhiona Ellis (tailor); Jennifer Bradley (photographer), and IamKimFord (blogger). Other businesses and individuals are still coming forward with the donation of services and goods.
“I’m so grateful for the team of professionals who have come forward to help. Many thanks to Tricia Hernandez (Awareness-Leukemia and Lymphoma Society), Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta (host venue and full service support) and CBS 46 for media coverage. I can’t thank them enough,” Smith said. “This is another example of our being a community that supports one another. We uplift, encourage and inspire each other,” she continued. “That’s what Stacee does for other cancer survivors, and that’s why we’re doing this for her.”
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