She will walk 500 miles, and she will walk 500 more!
Paulette Leaphart is just one of millions of Americans who has been affected by cancer, but she’s doing what she can to make the world a better place for future generations.
After surviving breast cancer initially diagnosed in 2014, the mother-of-four is about to show off her scars to Congress in an effort to fight the exorbitant cost of prescription pills!
Oh yeah, and she’ll be getting there by walking 1,000 miles from her hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi to Washington, D.C… topless!
Paulette explained her inspirational decision to ABC News on Friday, saying:
“I lost everything fighting. I didn’t have insurance… I lost my house. I had to sell my car. I had to sell everything that I had of value. It’s ridiculous, in this country, to have to pay so much to save our lives. I want them to do something with these high-priced prescriptions — I’m marching to D.C. to put my scars in the face of Congress.”
The 49-year-old will begin her journey on Saturday, and she’s been training for months, so we have complete faith that she’ll be able to accomplish her mission.
Paulette lost her breasts and nipples to her surgeries, so indecent exposure shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to the law…
But just to be safe, filmmaker Emily MacKenzie will be tagging along to film a documentary called Scar Story about the heartwarming advocate’s travels:
“People ask if I’m worried about her safety. Of course… I worry about encountering people along the way who will not take kindly to the sight of a bare-chested, breast-less woman walking without shame or fear. I worry that people will be ugly to her, but, again, that’s something Paulette has faced many times and is emotionally strong enough to handle.
We printed out state by state what the laws are. It boils down to whether or not someone has nipples. She has no nipples or breasts. [But] it doesn’t mean that the sight of a topless woman won├óΓé¼╦£t be provocative to some people.”
We’re glad she doesn’t have to do this challenge alone.
Plus, we bet having the support from her 8-, 13-, 14- and 15-year-old daughters sure will help!
Good luck, Paulette!
[Image via Paulette Leaphart/Facebook.]