Good Neighbor Awards Honorable Mention

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Libby Clawson Gatewood

Napier Realtors ERA
Napier Realtors ERA,
20 Dunlop Village Circle
Colonial Heights, VA
United States

Since 1996, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Libby Gatewood has been a powerful force in helping others brave the disease. In addition to founding the local chapter of VBCF, she’s a popular speaker and support-group facilitator, teaching women how to safely use make-up to cover treatment-related changes in appearance—though she often was bald in public during her own chemotherapy treatment. In order to share her knowledge, Gatewood co-wrote the book SOAR: Strength, Optimism And Recovery and organized funds to distribute the book to newly-diagnosed breast cancer patients at no cost. Gatewood also introduced a bill to the Virginia General Assembly for the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Pink Ribbon License Plate, the proceeds of which support breast cancer awareness programs throughout the state.