Matthew Gailliard watched his mother battle cancer and survive.
It is his hope that a birthday celebration will give others the opportunity to do the same.
For the second straight year, Gailliard will celebrate his birthday outside of traditional norms via his nonprofit group, “Charity over Comfort.”
The 501(c)3 organization will hold its second annual birthday event from 7 p.m. to midnight. on Nov. 8 at the Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences.
All proceeds will benefit the Danny Talbott Cancer Center at Nash UNC Health Care.
Charity over Comfort’s first event in 2018, held at Word Tabernacle Church’s Impact Center, raised $1,800 for the United Way of the Tar River Region.
The Danny Talbott Cancer Center opened in 2015 and has served the area by providing various imaging, therapy, counseling, research and more.
“My mother, grandmother and aunt have all been diagnosed with cancer, and I felt I had a responsibility to represent them at this event,” said Gailliard, who will turn 24 in November. “I get emotional hearing the statistics of people affected in this area, and I just feel this is the right thing to do.”
Gailliard is teaming with Deputy James Silver of the Edgecombe County Sherrif’s Offcie to host the event, which will follow a similar format of the inaugural event in 2018.
The event is open to the public. Admission is $20, and the night is intended to be a gathering of a diverse population of residents, business owners as well as local and state leaders to enjoy food, music, giveaways and conversation.
“I feel we have a great momentum carry over from last year,” Gailliard said. “It was exciting to see diversity in the room, and you could really feel a unified front for Nash County.”
Sponsors include Chick-Fil-A, Word Tabernacle Church, Buffalo Wild Wings, Moe & D’s Restaurant, Barley and Burger and more. Those interested in becoming a sponsor for the event can call 252-373-0303.
Tickets are will be sold at the door and are available for the event via Eventbrite.com; search “Charity Over Comfort.”
Business attire dress code is required for attendees.
“Make no mistake about it, we are all fighting for something,” said the Rev. James D. Gailliard, senior pastor of Word Tabernacle Church. “Whether it’s a cure for cancer or for someone who has recently been diagnosed, we are all in this fight together. None of us are here on our own merit. We are all a product of our ancestors’ hard work and sacrifice.”