A Student’s Mission Raising Breast Cancer Awareness
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
MIDDLETOWN, DE (January 4, 2017) – When deciding on a senior project subject, Appoquinimink High School student Grant Keating, knew he wanted to make a difference in the community. He hopes to make that difference by raising awareness about breast cancer. Having witnessed the decline and eventual passing of his great aunt Christina Divirgilio (a long time resident of Delaware City) five years ago from breast cancer, the experience left a profound impact which shaped his desire to help others facing the same disease. Through brainstorming and collaboration with design studio Grunge Muffin Designs, Grant found a unique way to locally raise awareness and funding that can benefit Delawareans who have breast cancer. As an athlete and graphic design student, Grant was able to combine those two passions to create breast cancer awareness t-shirts which feature the Appo High jaguar mascot and the phrase “Appo Jaguars Play For A Cure”.
These hot pink t-shirts will be sold for $15 at the annual Appo vs. Middletown Jv and Varsity back-to-back girls basketball games on the night of January 10th, doors open at 4pm. These are the largest games of the year, as these two local teams face off for glory for the remainder of the 2017 season. All female Appo High players will be wearing these t-shirts as they show their support for this great cause, and play for the cure. Other matching items available for purchase include bumper stickers, and buttons.
Proceeds from the sale of these items will directly benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) a nonprofit organization committed to raising awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education and support services, in order to facilitate the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
“The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition was touched to learn of Grant’s fundraising efforts in the community,” said Beth Krallis, Communications Director at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. “We are a small organization so we rely on local support to help run our programs for women and men in Delaware affected by breast cancer. To have the support of a young man with a vision like Grant means so much and will have tremendous benefits to many people in our community.” Today, DBCC remains the only organization in the State of Delaware focused solely on breast health issues as they affect the women and men who live here. For more information about their organization, please visit: http://www.debreastcancer.org/.
Come out to the games if you would like to contribute to this fundraiser, or meet with senior Grant Keating to find out more information. Any Appo High athlete, student, parent, or teacher is encouraged to purchase a t-shirt to ensure the success of this fundraiser. This fundraiser is made possible by local print shop, Crazy to a Tee, who provided the t-shirts at a generous rate to allow for the maximum donation to the DBCC. The design of the t-shirts, buttons, and stickers was provided for free from Grunge Muffin Designs, who collaborated with Grant to create a trendy design that could easily be worn by any Appo High student. This is truly a fundraiser made by the community, for the community.
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 or those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.
DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to end breast cancer. 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.