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DBCC: Through the Years






1991 A small group of dedicated volunteers forms the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) due to concerns about the high rate of breast cancer in Delaware.

1997 The first Breast Cancer Update, a free one-day educational forum about the most up-to-date breast cancer information, is held.

1998 The Living and Giving Exhibit, a traveling photographic exhibit that features 30 breast cancer survivors of Delaware, is created.

1999 The first fashion show, dinner and auction fundraiser in New Castle County is held. It later becomes known as the Northern Lights of Life gala. Southern Lights of Life begins later in 2004.

2000 DBCC hires its first executive director, Vicky Cooke; first contracted with Screening for Life to identify and enroll women in screenings.

2000 DBCC opens a resource center in the Bayhealth Women’s Center at Kent General Hospital.

2004 DBCC opens a new office in Dover to provide expanded programs in Kent County.

2005 The Peer Mentor Support Program is created, which trains breast cancer survivors to provide support to those newly diagnosed; DBCC is awarded the contract for the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van to provide screening mammograms.

2006 DBCC opens a new office in Lewes to provide programs in Sussex County.

2007 A program at the Helen F. Graham Center is expanded to provide support to those newly diagnosed and their caregivers. The program has been renamed “Beginning Your Breast Cancer Journey” and now occurs monthly.

2008 DBCC launches its Clinical Trials Initiative to increase patient awareness, understanding, and enrollment in clinical trials.

2008 The “Beginning Your Breast Cancer Journey” program is expanded to Bayhealth Medical Center, the Tunnell Cancer Center, and Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. The monthly program is called “Beginning Your Pink Ribbon Journey.”

2010 The first annual DE-feet Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk is held at the Tanger Outlets.


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