Gayle’s work as a philanthropist developed radically after her son’s death, founding a new charity Team Max in his honour. Team Max started with a Facebook call for volunteers to help repair an old ladies house after a tree had fallen and crushed it. That day 40 young people responded but Team Max has now become renown throughout Memphis for its ‘vigilante philanthropy’ with over 1500 members answering calls for help – what Gayle calls a flash mob for service.
But this work has called for this normally private woman to bring her grief into the public arena. “Before I lost Max I would not be quite so open with my vulnerability … but the loss of a child is too big for someone to bear alone. I had to share it”.