Don’t Be a Chump! Check for a Lump! Had Guests Wigging Out to Fight Breast Cancer

Posted By on May 30, 2018

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.

  • Arizona Center for Reconstructive Breast Surgery including Dr. Richard Brown, Alexis Brown, Laurie Epstein and guest, Steve Gunia and Dr. Somer Gunia, Dr, Berardi and guest
  • Ashley Plum Dianna Pena Kate Benjamin
  • Beau and Jami Marseilles
  • Desire'e Hardge, Holly Rose, Bobby D Ehlert, Laura Pentsa, Marie Pantelic
  • Janelle Pietrocarlo-Caskie,Joyce Cerasa, Kimberly Jacob, Heather Stratford Ellison, Holly Rose, Cathy DuBose Byram, Janeen Thomas Bury, Leslie Randolph Cadby and Tracy Varney White.
  • Joe and Jami Dana (12 news anchor)
  • Matt and Jennifer Franze
  • Russell and Leanne Goldstein
  • Tom Bobo and Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan
Tyler Butler

About Tyler Butler

Tyler Butler is the fashion and society writer for Frontdoors Media. She is a corporate social responsibility practitioner, columnist, blogger and influencer. Through her endeavors with her firm 11Eleven Consulting and her column and blog, Giving In Style, Tyler is connecting communities, companies and causes to make positive change possible.

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