Norman Freeman, a makeup artiste from Pittsburgh is giving back in a major way!
Battling cancer and its numerous therapies is tough but Freeman is putting smiles in the faces of cancer and alopecia patients by traveling across hospitals giving them free makeovers.
Here’s what he wrote on the GoFundMe Page he created for the project:
My name is Norman Freeman! And I want to travel to different hospitals in different cities to do cancer patients makeup for FREE! Out of the kindness of my heart just to make they’re heart SMILE! I’m dedicating my time and talent to boost the confidence of patients who lost they’re hair or just suffering at all! I’m asking for donations just to support me traveling and staying in various places to make it happen! I have to do this, seeing people happy with themselves makes my heart smile!
In an interview with The Shade Room, Freeman said:
I’ve been affected by cancer tremendously. On top of that I have alopecia. I’m never going to have hair. I just want to help them. I got teased so bad, there were times I wanted to kill myself; it was real bad. It was horrible. People didn’t know if I had alopecia or cancer; and the fact that they were still picking on me, thinking I had cancer just made it worse. So I just want to lift their spirits.
I was tired of walking around with no eye brows and eye lashes. I was real insecure and I just wanted (them). I just wanted to go back to how I looked when I used to have hair. So I started doing the makeup and I was horrible at first, like real bad!
I want to give people that confidence that I used to have, and have now. When I put make up on it makes me feel so good about myself. Some people might need that at the beginning and eventually they’ll start to love themselves despite their health issues.
Freeman, who traveled by bus and stayed in Airbnb’s in the cities he has visited so far, said:
I got 3,ooo shares (on the GoFundMe account) and 10 donations but I didn’t care because even if I don’t get a penny I’m still doing it…some patients try to pay me but I can’t take it. One of them made me a picture that made everything worthwhile.
Maybe once a year, for a month I want to take time off and go back to these hospitals and spend my days making these girls feel beautiful. I’ll never get too famous or too far off track to where I leave them hanging. They will always have a timeslot no matter what.
Photo Credit: Instagram/@NormanFreeman