Paying it forward

EHOVE Cosmetology student Maddelyn Hemingway (Huron HS) hasn’t had things very easy lately but she still has a very positive, upbeat attitude.  Hemingway was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system that deteriorates one’s immune system.  

Despite exhausting months of chemotherapy and upcoming radiation treatments, she looks forward.  After high school, Hemingway plans to get a business management degree to combine with her cosmetology skills and open her own salon.

Courage is grace under pressure.  “Everything is not in a bad light,” she said.  “I’m going to fill my life up with as much as I can.”

Her EHOVE Cosmetology classmates have taken notice of her sunny attitude.  On Saturday, January 16, the students opened the salon to provide hair, nail and skin services to dozens of firefighters and their spouses.  The clients were on EHOVE’s campus all day for a conference hosted on EHOVE’s campus by Northern Ohio Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.), an organization for firefighters that provides training, safety advocacy and honor guard services.  The students’ efforts resulted in a $250 donation to Hemingway from Northern Ohio F.O.O.L.S.

“This will be a huge help and I really appreciate it,” said Hemingway.