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MU Children's Hospital patients receive pampering from Glamour-Azzi

Monday, May 9, 2011 | 9:21 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Stylist Christy Huggans dries 7-year-old Margaret Romph's hair at the Glamour-Azzi event at MU Children's Hospital on Monday. Romph was paralyzed in a car accident two years ago. Q106.1 and The Strand Salon sponsored Glamour-Azzi, which brought professional stylists to make over patients and their mothers.

COLUMBIA — Margaret Romph, a 7-year-old outpatient at MU Children’s Hospital had three stylists pampering her at once, two doing her hair, and one painting her nails. It was at Glamour-Azzi, an event held to give girls in the hospital a chance to feel like a “superstar” for the evening. 

“That is the Hollywood treatment right there,” is how Damon Knight, radio personality on Q106.1, described the scene in the hospital conference room where girls, their parents and stylists had gathered on Monday evening.

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The idea for the event originated through the radio station Q106.1, and they teamed up with The Strand Salon and Spa to offer this special treatment to the patients.

Knight said the station’s morning show did something similar in Texas, and they wanted to bring the concept to Columbia. This was the first time that this event was held in Columbia and Knight said they hope to continue it in the future.

“I think it’s going pretty good so far,” Knight said.

Christy Huggans, co-owner of The Strand Salon and Spa and full-time stylist, also wants to continue this in the future and is interested in trying to do haircuts next time, in addition to nails, hair styling and makeup for the girls.

“From the littlest to the oldest, every girl loves getting pampered,” Huggans said.

Coordinator of Children’s Miracle Network and Children’s Hospital Special Events, Michelle Kemp, said outpatients and inpatients at the hospital who were healthy enough to come down were invited to attend the event.

Margaret was one of 10 girls that came to receive a makeover by professional stylists on Monday evening. Margaret had been a competitive cheerleader before she was paralyzed in a car accident two years ago.

“She’s in heaven right now,” her mother Sherline Romph said as Margaret smiled while looking at her new hairstyle in the mirror.

“We just want to give everybody a break from the usual hospital routine and spoil them for the day,” Knight said. 


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