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Industry Veteran With Cancer Holding Giveaway Contest for Personal Jewelry Collection Worth $14 Million

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The most persuasive essay nets the lot.

Pearse Hayes, a 30-year jewelry industry veteran who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, is putting his private jewelry collection that’s worth $14 million up for grabs. According to a release, he’s giving away the fortune – which includes thousands of rings, necklaces, watches and other pieces – to spend more time with his family.

The collection will be given to the person who submits the best essay at 14million.com describing how this windfall would change his or her life for the better. The winner will be selected by an independent judging panel based on the content of a 300-word essay explaining how the person would use the fortune to transform the lives of those around him.

Hayes created this opportunity following a series of personal setbacks. A few years ago, his successful jewelry business was rocked by a break-in. While he fought to recover from that financial loss, he experienced a debilitating leg injury. Not long after, Hayes was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, which he continues undergoing radiation and chemotherapy for to this day.

These events led Hayes to refocus on what matters most. He says, “Life is too short. I have two daughters. I want to see them go to senior prom and get the first dance at their weddings. So, I decided that I was going to live life differently. I want someone else who has the time to be able to take a wonderful opportunity and make their own dreams come true.”

The cost to enter the essay contest is $195. Every entrant will automatically receive 30 pieces of jewelry shipped to them at no charge.

Samples from the $14 million dollar jewelry collection being given away by Pearse Hayes

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