Long before her own fight with childhood cancer, Carly DeLong was passionate about lifting the spirits of local girls battling the disease, especially during their treatments and extended hospital stays. Finding inspiration from her love of fashion and make-up, Carly developed a program called “IVs and Eye Shadow,” in which adolescent cancer patients would receive makeovers and photoshoots while battling their illness. Her dream was to eventually turn the program into a nonprofit and expand it to hospitals across the country.
But on New Year’s in 2016, Carly was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia herself and ultimately lost her battle with cancer the following September. After her passing, Carly’s mother knew she needed to carry on her daughter’s legacy and turn her dream of helping cancer patients into a reality, all the while creating meaningful and lasting connections among this special group of girls.
Dr. DeLong has rallied a group of local high school girls (who will support the GLO Girls the day of the makeovers and photoshoots), five photographers, a group of estheticians and beauticians, and a distributor of Crunchi, a toxin-free cosmetics company, who will all be working together to lift up girls fighting cancer.