Calling all ladies! Join DBCC For the Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K on 9/10!

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is hosting another 5k this fall, the Race for the Pink Ribbon. It’s the only women’s only race in the local region and it’s always a good time! All of the proceeds will benefit DBCC’s programs that increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and offer support and resources to men and women in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer.

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Register online here!

Race Details:

5th Annual Women’s Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K!

The women-only race will feature a t-shirt for the first 700 participants, pink goodie bags and admittance to the post-race party which includes pizza, music, wine and a beer garden! Awards will also be distributed to top performers and teams.

Register online for $25 until September 7 or for $30 the day of the race!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Registration opens at 5pm; race kicks off at 6:30pm

Dravo Plaza Riverfront, Wilmington, DE 19801

All of the proceeds from the Race for the Pink Ribbon 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. To learn more about DBCC, please visit

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The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) is pleased to announce changes to its Board of Trustees and a transformed board structure.  DBCC’s Board has been reorganized to include a leader in each county, a Legislative Advisory Council and a Medical Advisory Council. DBCC’s Board of Trustees consists of 22 members including 3 County Association Chairs, 4 Trustees Emeritus, 5 Legislative Advisory Council members, and 8 Medical Advisory Council members.

Joining the DBCC Board of Trustees is: Cathy Hopkins Grieco, Owner at Hopkins & Sons, Inc., She is serving a three-year term that began in June 2015 and will continue until June 2018.  Cathy will also be the new president of the Great Stuff Resale Shop Board of Trustees. The New Castle County Chair will be led by Lisbeth Selsor, Director of Human Resources at Winterthur Museum; the Kent County Chair will be led by Okemah Strickland, Owner and Operator of Okemah’s Cut Above Hair Salon; and the Sussex County Chair will be led by Susan Chinnici.

The DBCC Executive Committee would like to welcome the new leadership: Patricia Key, President and CEO of Harrington Raceway and Casino, as Board President; Donna Stinson,

FACHE, Retired Administrative Director of Oncology at Bayhealth Medical Center, as Board Vice President, and Ciro Poppiti III, Esq., New Castle County Register of Wills as Treasurer and Secretary. The Legislative Advisory Council will be led by the Honorable Liane Sorenson and the Medical Advisory Council will be led by Dennis Witmer, MD, FACS.

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Board of Trustees meets quarterly to provide the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition with fiscal and operational guidance.


List of all DBCC Board Members

Officers: Patricia Key, CPA, President; Donna Stinson, FACHE, Vice President; Ciro Poppiti III, Esq., Secretary/Treasurer; Linda Powell, Immediate Past President.

Board Members: Stacey Bacchieri, Sue Bowlby; Tynetta Brown; Susan Chinnici; Michele Domenick, MD; Nancy Froome; Cathy Hopkins Grieco; Nanci Mayer-Mihalski; Mary McLaughlin, MD; Amy Norgate; Doug Phillips, CPA; Lisbeth Selsor; W. Laird Stabler III, Esq.; Matthew Stehl; Jon Strasser, MD; Okemah Strickland; Dennis R. Witmer, MD, FACS; and Joseph L. Yacyshyn

County Association Chairs: Susan Chinnici, Sussex County Chair; Lisbeth Selsor, New Castle County Chair; and Okemah Strickland, Kent County Chair

Trustee Emeritae: Marsha Barnett; John du Pont, Rena Howard; and Wilma Yu, RN, BSN, MS, CEN.


Legislative Advisory Chair: The Hon. Liane Sorenson

Legislative Advisory Council Members: The Hon. Patricia Blevins; The Hon. Catherine Cloutier; The Hon. Bethany Hall-Long; and The Hon. Margaret Rose Henry.

Medical Advisory Council Chair: Dennis Witmer, MD, FACS

Medical Advisory Council Members: Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS; Michele Domenick, MD; Clara Higgins, DO; Jacqueline Holt, MD; Joseph Rubacky, DO; Jonathan Saunders, MD; and Jon Strasser, MD.

For more information about Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, it’s Board of Trustees, and programs, call (302) 778-1102 or visit


Thank you for Joining DBCC for the Shining Light Awards on Friday, June 12!

Thank you for joining the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the 2015 Shining Light Awards! We had a wonderful turnout to our second annual awards ceremony at the Chase Center in Wilmington on Friday, June 12. By taking time of your busy day, you helped us celebrate our winners and meet and network with more than 250 community and business leaders! We hope you enjoyed your time with us.

The Shining Light Awards began in 2014 as a way to honor individuals and organizations who have made a difference in the local battle against breast cancer. All proceeds will benefit DBCC’s programs to increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms and bilingual health navigators, and deliver support and resources to women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Here is a link to the  photo gallery courtesy of Bev Michel Photography.

See the story and photos on Town Square Delaware by clicking here.
Check out the video presentations for the

winners of the 2015 Shining Light Awards!


Video Production by O.K. Video, LLC, Wilmington, DE, 2015

Check out the video for the Sussex County Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors for

“Spotlight on Philanthropy”

Interviews recorded at Rehoboth Plaza Hotel, Rehoboth Beach, DE.

Check out the video for Jacquie Connell for

“Spotlight on Survivorship”

This video underwritten through the generous sponsorship of the Sierocinski Family and Bank of America.

Check out the video for the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute at Christiana Care Health System accepted by Nicholas J. Petrelli, MD,  Zohra Ali Khan Catts, CGS, & Nora Katurakes, RN for

“Spotlight on Health Care Delivery”

This video underwritten through the generous sponsorship of Tatiana Copeland.

Check out the video for Delmarva Broadcasting Company of Central Delaware for

“Spotlight on Business”

This video underwritten through the generous sponsorship of the Bacchieri Family.

Special thank you to our generous underwriters for their continuous support!


Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to Host Peer Mentor Training in Middletown

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce a Peer Mentor Support Training for breast cancer survivors at the Hampton Inn in Middletown on June 9. DBCC Peer Mentors are trained survivors who provide free one-on-one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

The session will take place on Tuesday, June 9 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and a light dinner will be provided. To register, please contact Lois Wilkinson by phone, (302) 672-6435 or by email, or contact Cathy Holloway by phone, (302) 468-4814 or by email, The Hampton Inn is located on 117 Sandhill Drive in Middletown.

“Peer mentors provide an incredible support service by being there for a newly diagnosed patient to provide one-on-one support”, acknowledged Cathy Holloway, Program Director of Education and Survivorship for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. “Having somebody to provide you with guidance, let you know what to expect, and help with the emotional and physical pain you may face is exceptionally helpful and can vastly improve your breast cancer journey. In 2014, the coalition trained 16 new peer mentors to join our 245 active peer mentors who provided one-on-one support, resources and comfort to 253 newly diagnosed women.”

This is a free training and no experience is necessary.  Registration is required and space is limited. Topics include listening skills, the mentorship role, confidentiality, problem solving, handling difficult situations, and reporting requirements. Trainees learn through lecture, interactive activities and role plays.




DBCC Peer Mentor Training in Newark, DE

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