VALPARAISO | Sandy Ragon thought she and her daughter, Nicole, were getting facials Friday morning.
But, as she walked into Arden Salon she was greeted by a red carpet and everyone shouting, "Hello, Gorgeous!"
The Portage resident, filled with tears and emotions, was greeted by her three children, grandchildren and staff at the salon. She was told that she is being treated to a full makeover, courtesy of Hello Gorgeous. The nonprofit group provides complimentary, professional makeovers and cosmetic education to women battling all cancers.
Nicole Ragon nominated her mom for the day of pampering. Sandy Ragon has breast cancer and just had her second mastectomy in February.
"She's been through so much and has overcome all of it," said Nicole Ragon, of Portage. "She is the strongest woman I know. I'm so proud of her."
Noting that her father died when she was 5, Nicole said her mom raised triplets on her own. The triplets are Nicole, Jarrett and Kristal.
"This is just unbelievable," said Sandy Ragon as she was getting a pedicure. "I can't stop crying."
Besides a pedicure and manicure, she was getting her hair done and getting some new clothes from Maurices. After the makeover, one final surprise for Sandy was a luncheon at Margaritas with 30 family and friends.
"I would have never made it through everything I've been through if it wasn't for my children," she said.
Kelly Shinabargar, owner of Arden Salon, will be doing this event once a month for women. To nominate someone who has cancer, visit hellogorgeous.org.