Volunteers give Fort Worth cancer patients some special treatment

Nine cancer patients from Cook Children's Medical Center were treated to a "spa day" on Monday, which included new hairdos, manicures and pedicures, and culminated in a photo session so they could show off their new looks to relatives and friends at home.

The Fort Worth salon Shampoo supplied the stylists and makeup artists. Other volunteers provided a limo ride, manicures and the photo shoot.

The patients, 16 to 24, are being treated in Cook Children's Adolescent/Young Adults oncology program.

Dr. Karen Albritton is credited with coming up with the idea, and volunteers quickly offered services, a hospital spokeswoman said. The hospital offers a variety of activities for younger patients, but finding distractions for older patients is more challenging, she said.

-- Jan Jarvis