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2015 Shining Light Award Winners To Be Honored on June 12 in Wilmington

Date: March 30, 2015
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Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
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WILMINGTON, DE (March 30, 2015)—The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Shining Light Awards. The honorees will be recognized at an awards ceremony open to the public at the Chase Center on the Wilmington Riverfront on Friday, June 12, 2015 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Awards will be presented to individuals and companies in the following categories: Sussex County Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors for “Spotlight on Philanthropy”; Jacquie Connell for “Spotlight on Survivorship; Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System accepted by Nicholas J. Petrelli, MD, for “Spotlight on Health Care Delivery”; and Delmarva Broadcasting Company of Central Delaware for “Spotlight on Business”.

The Shining Light Awards began in 2014 as a way to honor individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the local battle against breast cancer. This year for the first time, the public was invited to nominate those most deserving of the Shining Light Awards for recognition. A panel of independent judges including Suzanne Loudermilk, Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS, Donna Stinson,
FACHE, Bill Strickland, and chaired by Tynetta Brown, joined together to select the four most deserving candidates for the awards.

“There are countless heroes and heroines in the battle against breast cancer in Delaware,” stated Vicky Cooke, DBCC Executive Director. “We wish we could have awarded them all but our four 2015 honorees were the standout winners who will motivate others to become supporters of breast cancer in whatever capacity they can.”

The Sussex County Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) is a business and realtor group focused on promoting women in the real estate business in Sussex County. They raise money to train new members each year. In 2011, the WCR decided to expand their fundraiser to also benefit a local charity, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Since 2011, they have been putting on their fundraiser, Bras for a Cause, each June to bring together local businesses, community members, and breast cancer survivors for a fun, spirited evening. The event has grown bigger each year and subsequently, so have the donations. In four years, nearly $90,000 dollars have been raised for DBCC through the WCR. The Sussex County Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors are being awarded as the exemplary philanthropic leaders for their tremendous philanthropic spirit, leadership in fundraising, and commitment to encourage and motivate others to join the cause.

Jacquie Connell was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in the spring of 2009 and at the time of her diagnosis the cancer had already spread to her bones. She was told she probably had about 2 years to live.  Jacquie is a survivor because that was almost 6 years ago. Jacquie is a true role model, living with a positive, courageous, and strong spirit, she is an inspiration to everyone she touches. Jacquie is a talented artist and began “Inner Art”, a monthly class where she teaches painting to cancer survivors at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System. She has volunteered with DBCC numerous times over the years and provided one-on-one support to countless women she’s met along her journey, offering encouragement, hope and friendship. 

As the Medical Director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System, Dr. Nicholas J. Petrelli has overseen the establishment and expansion of the Breast Center and Multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Clinic. The number of mammograms, breast cancer patients seen, cancer patients on clinical trials, and funding for clinical as well as basic science research have increased exponentially under his leadership. Genetic Counseling, under the direction of Zohra Ali-Khan Catts, has allowed the hospital to evaluate families with a history of cancer, provide genetic counseling to individuals and offer testing for genetic mutations and frequently the same can be done for other cancers. In addition, the community health and education department, under the direction of Nora Katurakes of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute along with Christiana Care’s outreach navigators and community partners, offer exceptional care to countless women across the state and deliver outstanding health outcomes in health care delivery and research.

Delmarva Broadcasting Company (DBC) of Central Delaware provides ongoing exposure and support to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition on four radio stations, Eagle 97.7 FM, Cool 101.3 FM, La Exitosa 930 AM/104.1 FM, and Delaware 105.9 FM. Under the leadership of General Manager Mike Kazala, DBCC staff members are given access to live morning show interviews, public services announcements, recorded interviews on their weekly “In Touch With Delmarva” programing, and sponsorship opportunities for every DBCC event. Delmarva Broadcasting staff members volunteer and host events throughout the year to join the fight against breast cancer in Delaware. Delmarva Broadcasting of Central Delaware is a model employer, showcasing to the public, and their staff, the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, support, financial resources, and programs.

As of March 30, 2015 the Shining Light Awards are made possible due to generous support from Hologic, Morris James, and WSFS Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities, beginning at $500, are available and individual reservations are $40 per person. For more information about the Shining Light Awards winners, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information, please visit http://www.debreastcancer.org. Proceeds from the Shining Light Awards will benefit DBCC’s programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and provide support and resources to men and women in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer.

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About DBCC:

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care. 

DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at http://www.debreastcancer.org.