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Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

Bond for Breast Cancer – Lights of Life Gala Raises Funds for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition

You’ve been assigned! Get in the action and support the mission of the upcoming Lights of Life Bond for Breast Cancer Gala! Hosted by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC), this event will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Bally’s Dover Casino Resort, with entertainment from local, well-known band, Kristen and the Noise.

Attendees at the 2023 Lights of Life gala were excited to capture their memories at the photo booth.

You’re in luck! We’re spilling the details on all the fun ways you can support this top-secret mission! In addition to attending the event as a special agent, to be a hero, you can become a sponsor, donate auction items, participate in the online auction, and purchase a tribute to be displayed at the event in honor of someone special in your life.

DBCC’s Lights of Life Gala is an evening of living and giving made possible with community support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Sponsorship benefits include brand collaboration opportunities to promote your organization’s support of the upcoming event as well as prominent exposure at the event itself, paired with tickets to enjoy it firsthand! There is a live and silent auction; both auctions are a great way to highlight your organization while giving to a great cause that supports our community.

Sponsor representatives enjoying the food & festivities at the 2023 Lights of Life gala.

Okemah Strickland, a repeat sponsor, committee member for the event, and a breast cancer survivor herself, noted, “The entire event is a great way to meet people and to witness how the proceeds directly benefit survivors.”

Just as Okemah mentioned, the proceeds from this event directly benefit breast cancer survivors in Delaware. Sponsorships and auction donations to the Lights of Life Gala auctions help generate significant and needed funding that directly sustains DBCC’s survivorship support and education programs. The auction features a range of unique items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, sports memorabilia, salon and spa services, jewelry, home furnishings, golf outings, beach getaways, international trips, and gift cards that will promote your organization and bring customers back to your business.

Okemah Strickland attends the 2023 Lights of Life event with her husband, Bill Strickland. The Stricklands have been strong supporters of the event and DBCC for many years and many members of the Strickland family serve on the event committee.

A highlight of the event is the survivor showcase. An annual selection of survivors will stroll down the runway, escorted by “special agents” (a.k.a. local medical professionals) and have their stories shared with the gala audience. This unique experience of the event provides an atmosphere for survivors to feel empowered while also allowing the audience to gain perspective on the experiences of those dealing with breast cancer while understanding how DBCC’s programs have improved their lives.

Nicole Davis, a breast cancer survivor walking in this year’s showcase, shared that she’s excited to be a part of it because “it’s a great feeling to be able to celebrate being cancer-free.” When asked about the “Bond for Breast Cancer” theme, Nicole responded, “I love the theme. I think it perfectly represents the Breast Cancer Coalition and all that we do… There is nothing like the bond that we all share when fighting breast cancer.”

Survivors celebrate after walking in the  survivor showcase at the 2023 Lights of Life gala.

You can join in the fight against breast cancer and make a difference for survivors like Nicole who benefit from the programs and services of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Whether you’d like to sponsor, donate, attend, or participate in another way, your support will make an impact. If you’re ready to get in on the action and “Bond for Breast Cancer” and you’d like to learn more about the upcoming Lights of Life Gala, please visit https://give.debreastcancer.org/ge/lol2024.

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services. The mission of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. is to empower its community by raising awareness of breast health issues and increasing access to care through outreach, education, and support services, to facilitate early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Its vision is to create a caring community where barriers to breast cancer screenings are removed and all persons at risk served by DBCC have access to quality care and treatment. DBCC will ensure each individual diagnosed receives resources to become a thriving survivor, armed with the knowledge and support needed to conquer this disease.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Kent and Sussex Counties, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’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 through their Peer Mentor Program, as well as works to help educate and encourage women and men to take responsibility for their health through breast health presentations and community health fairs. In addition, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition helps those with low incomes and those with little or no insurance receive free or reduced-cost care.

Each day, DBCC takes action to defeat breast cancer. During FY 2022-2023:

  • DBCC presented peer mentor trainings, adding 20 new peer mentors to the 307 active peer mentors who provide one-to-one emotional support, resources, and research-based information to 114 newly diagnosed women.
  • DBCC held over 334 survivor programs and activities serving 2,677 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 continues to expand the Yes2Health program during the last fiscal year, offering 128 classes throughout the state with 772 participants.
  • DBCC has expanded its services with additional My Sisters Keeper support sessions in New Castle County, designed to support women of color, along with adding Viva La Vida, a support program for Latina survivors.
  • DBCC assisted 1084 women with navigation and coordinated 636 mammogram screenings through the Women’s Health Screening program. DBCC provided 166 women with interpretation and 129 with transportation to their screening.
  • DBCC reached over 2330 people through community events and breast health presentations, connecting 493 individuals to DBCC services. DBCC continues to provide bi-lingual interpretation for clients. DBCC staff includes four Spanish-speaking individuals, and one member fluent in Haitian Creole, making DBCC a tri-lingual organization.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, visit the website at www.debreastcancer.org

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