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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014
Plant City Courier

Community rallies to support ailing Plant City salon owner


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PLANT CITY – Nga Tran (Nancy Tran) of CNT Nails and Spa which she owns with her family in Plant City, explained that their family motto is to treat everyone as they would want to be treated. “Work with your heart and customers will come back to you,” she said. “We treat everyone as ourselves.” Born in Bao loc lam dong in southern Vietnam, she moved to the United States with her family and lived in Seffner before moving to Plant City ten years ago. She worked as a nail technician at family owned Mystic Nails for five years and the Breeze Salon and Spa for four years before opening CNT Nails with her family last November. Many of her clients have been with her throughout her ten years in Plant City and she thinks of them as family, she said.

Last month Tran learned that she has progressive lymphoma after visiting a doctor about a spot raised on her shoulder. She has inoperable tumors in her chest, neck, throat, liver, and the tumors in her lymph nodes are in the process of metastasizing, or spreading, to her other organs. Tran, 40, is a single mom with two kids Thuy Minh Tran Nguyen (Teresa Tran Nguyen), 17, and Nam Son Tran Nguyen (Peter Tran Nguyen), 15. She has no health insurance and the fatigue brought on by her illness has made it impossible for her to continue working. Because of the location and position of a tumor in her chest, she coughs constantly. Friend and former coworker Destina Cantwell, hairstylist at the Breeze Salon and Spa, explained that it is effecting every aspect of Tran’s life. “She can’t do nails at all and she’s been doing nails her whole life,” she said.

On October 5 employees of the Breeze Salon and Spa, family, friends, and clients put together a yard sale and barbecue fundraiser in the parking lot of CNT Nails and Spa to raise money for Tran’s upcoming chemo therapy and radiation treatments. The event lasted from 7:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. with meals being sold at $5.00 per person along with an additional bake sale. The outpouring of support for Tran was not only present outside of the salon but also inside, with clients coming in to offer her words of comfort or an embrace. “It’s fabulous, I can’t believe it, it’s wonderful,” she said, expressing her gratitude for everyone who participated in the fundraiser. “I want to thank God, the Breeze, they helped me tremendously, and all my customers and family. I also want to say thank you to the Plant City community and everyone who supports me,” she said. Tran had an additional message to all those who are sick and without family to support them—they are not alone. “We love them and are praying for them,” she said.

CNT Nails and Spa is located at 1309 S. Collins St. in Plant City. An additional car wash fundraiser will be held in the same location on October 19 from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. The cost of the car wash will be based by donation, with a hot dog and hamburger lunch being sold separately. Additional donations can be made at BB&T bank under CNT Nails. For more information contact Sherri Cantwell at (863) 213-9242.

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