LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Paula Davis, Lafayette business owner, nonprofit organizer and cancer survivor, is always on the move to help others overcome challenges.
For his contributions to the community, RNR Tires recently honored Davis with its Breast Cancer Survivor Award.
RNR Tires in Lafayette held its annual ceremony earlier this month to honor Davis, a local citizen and breast cancer survivor.
RNR Tires hosts several events to honor members of the community, including holidays such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. This was the second annual Breast Cancer Survivor Award presented by RNR Tires.
“We will do this every year,” said Amy Kidd, Marketing Manager at RNR Tires. “We will pick a winner from each state (in which RNR Tires operates). Paula had beautiful nominations. We all attended (and read) the nominations and cried. She was so inspiring.”
Davis owns a local business in Lafayette with his flower shop, Fresh flowers and flower petals. She is also the founder of the Good Samaritan Project, which recognizes essential city workers such as those in police departments, hospital staff, schools and other community organizations.
“GSP brought in care packages containing treats, fragrance-free, all-natural hand sanitizer, hand lotion, lip balm, face masks, stationery and letters thanking (the service of West Lafayette Police) for their service, ”the GSP website says.
In addition to his work as a florist and Good Samaritan, Davis also founded Fit 4 Ever Health and wellness, a fitness and bodybuilding company.
“Because of my cancer and wanting to help others who have had similar experiences,” Davis said, “I became a cancer exercise specialist. I am certified with Pink Ribbon Pilates. And I use my specialized training to help cancer survivors on the road to well-being. “
In 2005, Davis was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, and given an estimated 17% chance of recovering.
“I knew it was a dire situation,” Davis said. “I had a mastectomy with reconstruction, but it had also spread to my lymph nodes, which is MBC, metastatic breast cancer.”
To congratulate Davis for going above and beyond for her community, especially in the face of her own struggles, RNR Tires surprised her with the Breast Cancer Survivor Award, four new tires, a check for $ 1,000. , a spa gift card and flowers.
“I was surprised they were sneaky,” Davis said. “They had arranged for a delivery (of flowers) to be made to RNR and it was a scheduled delivery, so it had to be there (at 10 am). I arrive at (RNR Tires) and I notice some balloons and I (thought) there is some kind of open house, I still don’t have a clue.
“I walk in with the flowers and open the door and look to my right and see my husband. I said, ‘Hey, what are you doing here?’ and out of the corner of my eye I see my daughter and my grandchildren. And then Amy came over and said, “.”
Davis expressed his incredible gratitude to RNR Tires at Journal & Courier as well as Kidd in an interview.
“(RNR Tires) is great,” said Davis, “that they really take the time to invest and be a part of the community that they do business in. That’s my philosophy, that’s how I run my business. I want to give back. And the fact that they do this in every community they are in, says a lot about their integrity and the type of business they are. It cannot be said enough. “
Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @ MargaretJC2