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Rays of Hope 'Big Wig' Shares Her 'Heart of Pink'

October 03, 2018

Paulette Gibson is a survivor. She’s a mother. She’s a wife. She’s a friend. She’s a fundraiser. She’s a Big Wig for the Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer. And, she’s a force pushing toward finding a cure.

The Journey to Support

Diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 1998, Paulette learned about Rays of Hope and knew she wanted to be involved. She began participating in the walk and fundraising, and as her involvement grew, so did her goals. Last year, she set and surpassed her most ambitious goal of $2,000. This year, she’s decided to go even bigger.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Rays of Hope, and her birthday, which happens to occur on the same day as the walk on October 21, Paulette decided to increase her goal and, with the encouragement of her daughter, organize and host her own fundraiser.

Becoming a Super Big Wig

Paulette and her daughter organized the #DrinkPink Wine Tasting, held at Paulette’s home, which helped her raise almost $5,000 and boosted her to Rays of Hope Big Wig Status, meaning she’s joined an elite group of individuals who have raised $1,000 or more online for the event. However, Paulette isn’t in it for the notoriety.

“I just want to be able to say that I helped. I see in the newsletters all of the work being done and where the money goes and I know that I contributed to that,” says Paulette. “To me, that’s my passion. That’s good for me. That’s all I care about.”

What Matters Most

This year, Paulette will celebrate her birthday with thousands of participants as they walk and run in support of finding a cure for breast cancer. She will continue to serve as a support to those who are fighting their battles, with her selflessness reflected in every dollar she raises.

“Rays of Hope has just kind of been a piece of me,” shared Paulette. “All I care about is being able to give and being able to provide to others. And, hopefully, it will impact those who aren’t physically able to do this.”

Join Paulette and thousands of others on October 21 for the 25th anniversary of Rays of Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer. Register online today!