What is a BigWig?

The BigWigs campaign engages local corporate and community leaders as representatives in the fight against breast cancer. Each BigWig will raise or give a minimum of $1500, which will be used to ensure access to essential breast health services and education programs, and support research to find the cures for breast cancer. Through this program, 75 percent of funds raised remain in local communities to help fund local breast cancer initiatives.

BigWig [ ˈbigˌwig ] (noun): an important person, usually in a particular sphere; synonym: VIP · (very) important person.

Komen BigWig (noun): a very important person on a mission to end breast cancer forever by raising awareness and funds in their community; willing to have fun while wearing a ridiculous pink wig.

Mr. Ritter Arnold, Vice President of E. Ritter and Company in Jonesboro
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“Susan G. Komen matters to me because two of the most important women in my life-my mother, Mary Ann Arnold, and my work spouse- Sandra Jenkins-are breast cancer survivors.  My mother survived more than 10 years after her bout with breast cancer, and Sandra has survived more than thirty.  The ability to face breast cancer and win has been a blessing to both of them, and to their families and friends as well.  We need to do everything we can to advance the cure of breast cancer.”

 

Mr. Danny Ford, Community leader and owner of Glen Sain Motor Company in Rector
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“I am happy to do this because my mother is an 11-year breast cancer survivor! I also have friends and employees who are survivors. These people I love are beating breast cancer and living their lives today and Susan G. Komen is a vital part of this journey.”

 

Dr. Darrell Ragland, M.D. of First Care Medical Clinic in Jonesboro
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“This cause is very important to me on two levels. First, so many of my patients’ lives, and their families’ lives, have been, and are being affected by the physical and emotional trauma of this disease. Second, on a more personal level, my grandmother passed away of breast cancer many years ago. There have been so many advances in diagnosing and treatment of this disease in the intervening years that have improved women’s lives who are affected by breast cancer, but there is much more to be done, and my hope is for my children, and my grandchildren, to see, in their lifetime, a cure for this disease.”

 

Dr. Heidi Umphrey, M.D. at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro
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“I am a breast radiologist with Midsouth Imaging and I work at the NEA Baptist Breast Imaging Center.  My passion is to fight breast cancer. I have been blessed to help many strong women and a few men in their journeys.  My clinical work and research have been dedicated to identifying breast cancer as early as possible and evolving the treatment of breast cancer and breast cancer screening. The Susan G. Komen Foundation has provided much needed research funding as well as community assistance for the fight against breast cancer.  I am so excited to be in Jonesboro where I have met many fabulous people.  This will be my first 5K and I cannot think of a better first race! I hope everyone will join us for a fabulous day to raise money and awareness for breast cancer as well as celebrate our survivors!  I like the Komen Foundation and look forward to a world without breast cancer!”

 

Dr. Tommy Wagner, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Special
Projects of the Lawrence Group; Owner of Wagner Medical Clinic
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“My Grandmother had breast cancer and was a survivor due to early detection…this along with the many patients that I have seen over the years that have been affected have let me to want to be a part of this wonderful event.”