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“Light Up Fayetteville Pink” Is Back


            Gladys Hill is at it again.

            For the fifth consecutive year, she’ll be selling those pink lightbulbs as part of her             “Light Up Fayetteville Pink” initiative to raise funds for the Cancer Centers of Cape Fear Valley Health in support of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

            “We hope to raise the same as last year - $5,000,” Hill, 81, says.

            The pink lightbulbs are $5.

            Joining Hill in the effort will be Diane Wilson and Shawn Nile, she says, and Carl and Chris Birk of Mid-South Lighting, the Fayetteville business that has been donating the pink lightbulbs since 2017.

            Hill’s nonprofit organization, she says, has raised more than $23,000 for the Cancer Centers of Cape Fear Valley Health since its inception, with funds in support of assisting women and men who cannot afford mammograms because of financial hardships and other issues to include help in obtaining prescription medications, pain medications and medications to help with potential side effects of treatment, dietary supplements, transportation costs for treatments and even a patient’s utilities or rent.

            Those in this community who have been diagnosed with breast cancer should know they are not alone.

            Gladys Hill is there.

            She is a breast cancer survivor.

            Hill says she was diagnosed in June of 2019 with DCIS, aka ductal carcinoma in situ, a non-invasive breast cancer with origins in the milk duct.

            Breast Cancer Awareness Month may not be until October, but Hill is wasting no time in getting the pink lightbulbs glowing throughout this city and county on front-door porches and businesses, too.

            “I am told they will light up City Hall,” Hill says. “And I am trying to see if they will light up Segra Stadium.”

            Hill, Wilson and Nile will be familiar faces in neighborhoods beginning next week and throughout October, but they are not waiting for the neighborhood sales to begin hawking the pink lightbulbs.

            “We will be downtown Thursday night on Maxwell Street at Fayetteville After Five,” Hill says. “And on Saturday, we will be at the Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership” at 3950 Sycamore Dairy Road.

            Bill Kirby Jr. can be reached at bkirby@cityviewnc.com, billkirby49@gmail.com or 910-624-1961