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By Tyler Butler
Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump!’s 8th Wig Out gala at the Pointe Tapatio Cliffs Resort earlier this month featured an “I Want Candy” theme that encouraged guests to wear candy colored, spirited wigs and costumes.
The event raised more than $46,000 to sustain the organization’s breast health education program and its wig program, which provides complimentary new wigs to breast cancer patients in Arizona.
Since its inception the nonprofit has provided 1,125 free wigs and over 100,000 free education magazines to the community.
The evening honored Cardinals football star Larry Fitzgerald with a Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work with the First Down Fund and Cardinals Crucial Catch.
While Fitzgerald was unable to attend, he did send a statement of gratitude to Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! and its supporters.
“I am honored they thought of me for the Humanitarian Award and I love what they are doing for others,” he said.
The evening also honored two-time breast cancer survivor Jami Goldman Marseilles, who is an author, mother and motivational speaker. Marseille’s dedication, perseverance, stamina, strength and triumph inspired the nonprofit’s 2018 Warrior with Hope Award.
And the event honored the nonprofit’s wig clients who received free wigs while battling breast cancer. Breast cancer survivors also shared their stories, including the devastating emotional side effects from losing their hair and the impact that the wigs from Don’t be a Chump! Check for a Lump! had on them during a difficult time in their lives.