Shock isn’t a strong enough word to describe the emotion that rushed through Sabrina Sexton when she discovered she was the winner of the “Women Just Like You” contest.
The contest, which was sponsored by BOTOX Cosmetic and People Magazine, was created to recognize women who are making a difference at home, in their community and for themselves.
Sexton was unknowingly nominated for the contest by a friend and became one of five winners chosen from more than 2,200 entries. “My friend nominated me because I’m a caregiver for my partially disabled mother,” explains Sexton, who works for the American Cancer Society. “We flew to New York and received star treatment. It was an incredible experience that I will never forget! Our photos and stories were featured in a recent issue of People Magazine.”
Sexton began her philanthropic work through her photography hobby. “When I started raising funds to support the fight to end cancer, incorporating those hobbies into my fundraising just seemed like a natural thing for me to do,” she says. She also uses her passion for baking to raise money for local charities such as Meals on Wheels Atlanta.
“In addition to their meals service, they support a network of Fulton County neighborhood senior centers. My mom goes to one of them, and it’s made such a difference in her quality of life,” Sexton says. “I also try to support the arts, because I feel like we all need beauty, inspiration and provocation in our lives.”