Geralyn O’Brien is passionate about providing oncology-focused skin care education and relief to those affected by cancer. And once again, she has been recognized for that passion.
At Waterford Place Cancer Resource Center, the esthetician provides participants with skin care classes, personal consultations and oncology-focused facials. She also raises awareness about the center and fundraises for its programs. Last year, she won $10,000 for Waterford Place by winning the Compassionate category of the Skin Games, an international competition for estheticians. That category recognizes those who are helping their communities and the world as a whole.
This year, she won that organization’s Spirit Award.
O’Brien was so grateful for the $10,000 donation to Waterford Place after her win last year that she wanted to help keep the category going so other not-for-profits could benefit. So she reached out to others in her industry, asking them to donate items to the auction that raises the prize money for the winners. She also encouraged other not-for-profits to enter the category — and was totally surprised to receive the Spirit Award for those efforts.
“I had a great time at the Skin Games and even received an unexpected award,” O’Brien says. “I’m looking forward to bringing more awareness to the Compassionate category. This is such an important category that highlights what so many in the beauty industry are doing to give back to their communities.”