Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Recognizes Shining Lights in Fight Against Breast Cancer
Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
WILMINGTON, DE (April 4, 2018)—The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is honored to announce the winners of the 2018 Shining Light Awards. The Shining Light Awards began in 2014 as a way for DBCC to honor individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the local battle against breast cancer. Awards will be presented to individuals and companies in the following categories: Senator Margaret Rose Henry and Senator Liane Sorenson for the “Victoria Cooke Leadership Award”; Love Congo and Carla Markell, Former First Lady for “Spotlight on Survivorship”; Sandy and Bob Ashby, Ashby Hospitality Group for “Spotlight on Philanthropy”; Dr. Wendy Newell, Wolf Creek Surgeons, for “Spotlight on Healthcare Delivery and Research”; and WSFS Bank for “Spotlight on Business”.
Senator Margaret Rose Henry is known for her extraordinary commitment to public service with an emphasis on working to improve the lives of women, children, families, and the elderly. She is being recognized with the “Victoria Cooke Leadership Award” for her years of service as a champion for legislation and state funding to break down barriers to breast cancer screenings, and focus on serving traditionally underserved populations.
Senator Liane Sorenson’s career is distinguished by her dedication to women, children, and families. As a former State Senator and minority whip, she used her position to sponsor legislation like the Breast Cancer Tax Check-Off, and the establishment of the Cancer Consortium and Office of Women’s Health. Her commitment continued as a proponent the State of Delaware’s mobile screening van and its recent expansion. For these efforts and more, she is being honored with the “Victoria Cooke Leadership Award”.
Love Congo was selected to receive the “Spotlight on Survivorship” award. After being diagnosed with stage 3, triple negative breast cancer in 2015, Love’s mind was faced with a myriad of questions …“Will I survive this?” “Will I live to raise my daughter?” She went through treatment until she was declared cancer free, but a year later she experienced pulsations in her face and was diagnosed with 13 tumors in her brain as a result of her breast cancer, which had metastasized. Love hasn’t let her most recent diagnosis hold her back. She has become involved in various breast cancer initiatives including outreach to women of color. No matter the test, the drug, or therapy she had to experience, Love has always kept a positive outlook and encouraging spirit.
As the former first lady of Delaware, Carla Markell has been the face of many initiatives, ranging from women’s health to volunteerism to mentoring. Her support for the fight against breast cancer was natural, given her personal experience. As a survivor, she has shared her discovery of the cancer, her treatment, and her survivorship journey, which is why she is being awarded for “Spotlight on Survivorship”. She has stressed the importance of sharing and openness about cancer, to remove the stigma and form a sisterhood with other survivors.
Sandy and Bob Ashby, of Ashby Hospitality Group, are well-known leaders in the Delaware food service industry and will be awarded in “Spotlight on Philanthropy” for their support of the community. Four years ago, Sandy was introduced to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition upon her initial diagnosis of breast cancer. She started out by obtaining a peer mentor to help her through her journey, and later, she became a peer mentor to help others. Sandy is now a three-time survivor, and she and Bob have become invaluable supporters of DBCC, creating teams for Dewey Goes Pink each year, and developing their own 5K, Deer Park Goes Pink, at their historic Deer Park Tavern in Newark. This event has seen significant growth in participation and raised $25,000 over the past two years. The Ashbys have become tireless community advocates and generous philanthropic leaders for DBCC and the community.
Dr. Wendy Newell, of Wolf Creek Surgeons, is being awarded in the category of “Spotlight on Healthcare Delivery and Research” for her efforts on the front line in the fight against breast cancer for more than two decades. When Dr. Newell started her career, breast cancer became her focus because nobody in Dover was specializing in breast issues. Dr. Newell was an essential leader in building the Bayhealth Go Pink! campaign, held each October to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer programs in Kent County, which will enter its 13th year in 2018. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Newell has been a longtime advocate for early detection, noting that screening earlier saves lives.
At WSFS Bank, health and wellbeing are fundamental to the company’s corporate giving strategy and the benefits and programs it offers to WSFS associates. Since 2008, WSFS Bank has been a significant community partner to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. They lead by example, with employees participating in DBCC events, serving on planning committees, and volunteering in the fight against breast cancer. When it comes to community service, a commitment to health and wellness, and the value of teamwork, WSFS Bank is an exemplary partner and deserving of the award for “Spotlight on Business” for their contributions.
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 cervical cancer screenings, and provide support and resources to women and men in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer. Visit http://www.debreastcancer.org for more information.
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.