DBCC Celebrates 30 Years of Service
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) has been connecting and supporting breast cancer survivors, and their families in communities across Delaware for over 30 years!
DBCC offers breast cancer survivors a variety of resources including: financial aid, personalized support, health programs, activities, and events with other breast cancer survivors to foster healing and recovery.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) began in 1991 as a small group of community volunteers, led by Maureen Lauterbach, who was committed to decreasing the mortality rate of breast cancer in Delaware. In 1997, DBCC became a 501c (3) non-profit organization serving to raise awareness of breast health issues in Delaware through outreach, education, and support to help facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer. In 2000, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s board of trustees hired Vicky Cooke, the first full-time executive director, and opened an office in Downtown Wilmington.
Today, DBCC has grown its staff to a combined 17 full-time and part-time employees and has an office serving citizens in each of the three counties in Delaware – New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. DBCC has developed and implemented programs tailored to the unique needs of different populations, including young women with breast cancer, African-American women, Latinas, lesbians, and women with disabilities. DBCC has trained health care providers in providing culturally competent care and has conducted many educational sessions for the general public through corporate and community organizations. In addition, DBCC has referred to thousands of uninsured adults for free and low-cost cancer screenings and has removed barriers to cancer screenings and treatment by providing interpretation, transportation, and support services. As a member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, represented on its board of directors, DBCC has worked to support the national organization’s efforts to research the causes of breast cancer and pursue optimal treatments and cures.
In 2004, DBCC partnered with the State of Delaware to manage the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van program to provide outreach and screening mammography services. In 2009, the mobile underwent an upgrade to digital mammography imaging equipment and began to partner with Beebe Medical Center to coordinate our mammography services. In 2016 a new mammography screening van was unveiled which includes cervical cancer screenings along with glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure testing. At the end of 2018, the program transitioned from the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van program to the Women’s Health Screening program. The new program focuses on navigating patients to freestanding screening facilities across the state of Delaware. 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. DBCC also is proud to serve our neighbors in the surrounding communities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is extremely proud of its resale shops, DBCC’s Great Stuff Savvy Resale and DBCC’s Great Stuff Home in the Talleyville Center in North Wilmington. Great Stuff Savvy Resale, opened its doors on October 2010. The shop offers a variety of high quality items, including women’s clothing, shoes, and jewelry.
In October 2013, DBCC opened the doors to Great Stuff Home, a resale furniture store like no other. Offering gently used home furnishings and home accents like lamps and framed art for a fraction of the original price. In April 2020, as a direct result of the pandemic a decision was made to combine both great shops under one roof!
The shop continues to benefit DBCC as a year-round revenue generating arm of the non-profit organization. Learn more at: www.greatstuffresale.com
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Our Programs at Work During FY 2019-2020:
Each day, DBCC takes action to defeat breast cancer.
• DBCC presented peer mentor training sessions, adding 12 new peer mentors to the 318 active peer mentors who provide one-to-one emotional support, resources, and research-based information to 138 newly diagnosed women.
• DBCC held over 317 survivor programs and activities serving 2,768 breast cancer survivors. This included educational classes for those newly diagnosed, ongoing self-support programs, a holistic conference, Nurture with Nature activities and a variety of networking and educational programs.
• The Survivorship Team has expanded the Yes2Health program during the last fiscal year, offering 196 classes throughout the state with 1,502 participants: Yes2Health is a free 12-week program featuring weekly walking meet-ups and bi-weekly educational programs including fitness, health, and wellness education.
• DBCC assisted 999 women with navigation and coordinated 544 mammogram screenings through the Women’s Health Screening program. DBCC provided 193 women with interpretation and 95 with transportation to their screening.
• DBCC reached over 2,220 people through community events and breast health presentations, connecting 124 individuals to DBCC services. DBCC continues to provide bi-lingual interpretation for clients. DBCC staff includes three Spanish speaking individuals, and two members fluent in Haitian Creole, making DBCC a tri-lingual organization.
• Through the Breast Care Fund, DBCC provided $70,359 in assistance to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Assistance addresses quality of life issues, as well as emergency funding when other funding sources are not available.
• DBCC was unable to hold the 23rd Annual Breast Cancer Update in April of 2020 due to the pandemic. The event has been postponed to 2021. This is the only event of its kind in the State of Delaware that provides cutting edge information and education on the most current topics in breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, detection, and survivorship to annual audiences of over 400 medical professionals, survivors, and members of the general public free of charge.
Join us as we celebrate our history, by highlighting the words of our survivors reflecting on how DBCC has made a difference in their life, and in Delaware over the past 30 years!