The Beauty of Partnerships
Kathleen Carney helped her sister battle breast cancer, but she wanted to do more. She saw what more looked like when she and her husband, John Williams, attended the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Northern Lights of Life: An Evening of Living and Giving at Longwood Gardens. They called DBCC Development Director Priscilla Rakestraw about creating a partnership.
The duo who formed The Carney & Williams Team of RE/MAX Integrity (carneywilliamshomes.com) in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, committed to donating one-half of one percent of the closing price of every home their team sells during 2010 to DBCC. That’s as much as 20 percent of each home sale commission they receive. With a goal of $20 million to $25 million in home sales for 2010, the Carney & Williams Team could make a very sizeable contribution.
“This is a young couple with four children at home. They could be saving this money for college tuitions,” Rakestraw says. She is humbled by their generosity.
“It’s part of who we are to give back to our community,” Carney says. Adds Williams, “We hope to be able to have a very meaningful impact on breast cancer research, and we want to do that in a way that helps women in our local community through the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.”
“We’ve seen the financial impact cancer can have on families, too, with people needing to sell or downsize their homes. Not every sale is a happy one, but we can do our part to help families in the future.”
Donations from carneywilliamshomes.com will help fund DBCC’s Clinical Trials Peer Mentor program and Reseach Committee.
To discuss ways to partner with DBCC in the fight against breast cancer, contact Priscilla Rakestraw at (302) 778-1102 x17.
Originally published in Delaware Today, May 2010. Photo by Jared Castaldi.