When Kristianna had the chance to come back to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with @thedrybar
to hold an event for patient families and staff, she didn’t hesitate in the slightest. Because to her, this was more than just sharing her passion as a blowout specialist; This was her way of giving back to the people that had helped her and her family during a difficult time.
In 2013, Kristianna’s daughter, Khloe, was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, cancer of the eye. Her doctor, Jonathan Kim, helped Khloe fight and after six months, the tumor was gone. However, being stubborn, as cancer sometimes is, it not only came back a second time, but a third time as well. To defeat the cancer once and for all, Khloe needed to give up her right eye.
But every step of the way, there was a special person in their corner rooting them on: Rosa, a child life specialist. “There wasn’t a visit to CHLA that Rosa wasn’t a part of,” says Kristianna. “She was always ready to put a smile on Khloe’s face, ease her nerves and provide friendship.”
Today, Khloe is a spirited, goofy and cancer-free 8-year-old. And now, Kristianna gets to come back, not as a patient family, but as a team member of Drybar … Which brings us back to the photo above. The person in the chair? That’s Rosa, and that’s Kristianna behind her. Four years later, they are reunited in the most special way possible—a full-circle moment.
“I can’t even think about Rosa and Child Life without tearing up,” says Kristianna. “As much as they gave to Khloe, they gave to me. I have been on the other side of this and appreciate every single kindness that was offered to me. I couldn’t have gotten through without the support.”
If helping to cure cancer for kids like Khloe and supporting more moments like this one matters to you, #MakeMarchMatter
. In the month of March, @thedrybar
will generously donate $1 from every blowout sold in its L.A. shops. Visit www.makemarchmatter.org/event/drybar for more info.