DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Patient to Open ‘Beauty Bar’ to Spread Cheer to Fellow Patients

Patient Experience
In the midst of her 19-month battle against bone cancer, 11-year-old McKenna Schummer has plans to spread cheer throughout Detroit Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital of Michigan by sharing her love of makeup.

“During her many hospital stays, McKenna developed a passion for makeup and began spending hours learning about products and techniques by watching videos online,” said Luanne Thomas Ewald, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

In 2018, an estimated 10,590 children ages 1 to 14 will be diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. Finding a positive distraction during treatment may not always be easy, but McKenna decided to change this for her fellow patients by opening the “McKenna Squad Beauty Bar” at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan this summer.

Through a donation made by a family friend, McKenna will bring her dream to a reality with products available at the beauty bar that patients can take home. Community partners from Genesee County to Detroit and beyond have joined forces to support McKenna by holding fundraisers and collecting donations to stock and decorate the beauty bar for the hospital’s patients.

“It's so heartwarming to watch this young lady turn her experience into something positive for other patients,” said Luanne. “There are no boundaries when it comes to enhancing the patient experience.”