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Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to Hold Inaugural Breast Cancer Recognition Awards on May 28

Date: April 14, 2014

Beth Berger, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
302-778-1102 ext. 14
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NEWARK, DE (April 14, 2014)—The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce the inaugural Shining Light Awards Ceremony at the University of Delaware STAR Campus on Thursday, May 28, 2014, at 5:30 pm. Awards will be presented to individuals and companies in the following categories: Gregg and Stacey Bacchieri for “Spotlight on Philanthropy”; Elizabeth Bours for “Spotlight on Survivorship”; Bayhealth Medical Center for “Spotlight on Health Care Delivery – Company”; Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS for “Spotlight on Health Care Delivery – Individual”; and Perdue Farms Milford Plant for “Spotlight on Business”. Additionally, DBCC will recognize members of the Pink Ribbon Circle and the Maureen Lauterbach Bequest Society.

The awards ceremony will recognize those who have made significant contributions to the advancements made toward ending breast cancer in Delaware and serve to motivate and inspire others to be champions of the cause. The event will run through 8pm and includes tours of the University of Delaware’s Health Science Building on the newly renovated STAR Campus. The STAR Campus, built on the former Chrysler site on South College Avenue in Newark, integrates academics with public and private partners in a medical environment.

First Lady Carla Markell, a notable supporter of DBCC,  has expressed her excitement for the inaugural Shining Light Awards,  “As a breast cancer survivor and former DBCC Board Member, I am both familiar with the struggles of those facing breast cancer and the wonderful support and programs DBCC offers those touched by the disease. DBCC’s programs are made possible due to the support of so many individuals and businesses in the community. I am positive that the Shining Light Awards will motivate and inspire others.”

“We are very excited because these are the first breast cancer recognition awards being offered in the state of Delaware,” said Vicky Cooke, DBCC Executive Director. “We can’t wait to recognize the selected winners from our community and set the tone for others to follow in their footsteps. Together, we hope to end breast cancer.” DBCC supports “Deadline 2020”, the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s strategic plan to know how to end breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

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. Individual tickets are $40 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information about the Shining Light Awards and registration information, please visit http://www.debreastcancer.org.


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.