I wish to have a makeup line for cancer patients
In the fall of 2017, a pain in seventeen-year-old Delilah’s left arm woke her up in the middle of the night. At first, doctors told her she had just slept on it funny. But Delilah knew something was wrong.
After visits to several doctors, Delilah was diagnosed with an aggressive osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and immediately began chemotherapy treatments that made her very sick. Delilah relied not only on her family’s unwavering support during this time but leaned on her fellow patients to help get her through the days. “There's kids like me in there,” she explained. “[Let’s] go in there and cherish the moment. Let's have a little fun to get our minds off of having chemo or medicines that make us weak and not feel good."
Just before surgery in December 2017, Delilah met with Make-A-Wish volunteers to discover her wish and begin her wish journey. Inspired by her experience, Delilah wished to create a line of makeup for cancer patients, to help others who face the changes in appearance that accompany a cancer diagnosis.
Expressing her personality through makeup has always been a passion of Delilah’s. “Before my cancer journey, I loved makeup. I loved playing with makeup and doing makeup. Picking makeup dedicated to cancer patients…they could be doing it in the hospital and having fun with makeup to get their minds off of anything they're going through.”
Not long after her wish was revealed at The Wishing Place, Delilah was whisked off to ColourPop’s Los Angeles Headquarters where she was greeted by the entire team. After a tour of the facility, Delilah donned her personalized lab coat and got to work designing her line.
Featuring a combination of eye shadows and lipsticks, each item in Delilah’s line is personally named for part of her journey with the goal of inspiring other children battling critical illnesses. A portion of the proceeds from the Delilah x ColourPop Collection benefited Make-A-Wish.
Delilah believes makeup helps patients feel stronger and hopes these products provide cancer patients with strength and encourage them to persevere throughout their treatment plan. “I feel like makeup makes me feel more confident,” Delilah said, and hopes that her line will help other cancer patients feel that same confidence. Her message to them?
“I know it's a rough patch in life. I know, but just cherish the moment with family. Just look in the bright side of everything. Try to make something out of it. Try to be happy.”