The positive power of people coming together to support a great cause has been demonstrated time and again on the Outer Banks. A year-end fundraiser, brainchild of Gateway Banks’ Gail Hodges and Hillary Andrews, resulted in $2,500 which will be donated to The Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council for the purchase of sentinel node biopsy equipment.

Hodges, who joined the Development Council this fall, was aware that the hospital had been raising funds to open a Cancer Resource Center. However, she didn’t realize that cancer is the leading cause of death on the Outer Banks.

“It sort of took my breath away,” she said, “but then I began to count how many people I know who are battling this disease.” Hodges and Andrews developed a plan to raise funds “in house” from other bank employees and from customers. Donors were given a pink ribbon and their names were entered into a drawing for a $100 savings bond which was won by Sandy Briggman.

“We are blessed that our community is so supportive of our efforts to provide cancer services on the Outer Banks,” said Margaret Wells, Chairman of the Development Council. “The Cancer Resource Center is now open. This generous gift from Gateway Bank, combined with the net proceeds from our recent gala, will enable us to purchase equipment and technology for the detection and treatment of cancer. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the people who are dedicated to helping us provide quality healthcare to our community.”