Response exceeds $20,000 for popular Comox Valley resident with cancer
An online campaign has generated more than $20,000 for Gayle Bates, a popular Comox Valley resident who is battling breast cancer.
Over the years, Gayle has emceed various fundraising events, instructed customer service training programs and taught waste reduction classes. She also sits on various boards.
The single, self-employed mother and grandmother will not be able to work for about a year during treatments.
"Thank you so much for the peace of mind that you kind souls have afforded our mom," Gayle's children Jackson Tegu and Ashley Hoffart state on the campaign page.
Three business owners have insisted Gayle accept their services or goods without compensation.
Upwards of 270 people have made online donations. Visit www.gofundme.com/gayle-bates.
A fundraising event with a Bollywood theme is being held April 4 at the Filberg Centre. The goal is to raise about $10,000 for Bates.