Staff Profile: Kelly Paustian

Kelly Paustian, Office Manager/HR

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Kelly with her husband Nate, and son Jackson at Longwood Gardens.  

Kelly Paustian has been at DBCC since August of 2009 when she started out as an Administrative Assistant in our Wilmington office.  Today, she is the agency’s Office Manager/HR Specialist and is the self-described, “Girl who has her hand in a little bit of everything”.  Kelly assists with grants and volunteers, oversees the agency’s partnerships, serves as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the agency, manages human resources, coordinates meetings and events, and more. Kelly graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 with a B.A in Sociology. Aside from that, Kelly is a proud wife to Nate, and mom to their son, Jackson, born September, 2016.  Mira, a 75lb shepherd/husky mix rounds out their family.  Kelly is also involved with the Wilmington Drama League, a local community theater, where she directs children’s plays.

To contact Kelly, please email her at kpaustian@debreastcancer.org

Senator Stephanie Hansen Tours Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van

On Monday, July 24th, Senator Stephanie Hansen was eager to tour the Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van while it was at Westside Family Healthcare in Bear.

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“It’s absolutely critical that we increase awareness and access to preventive care like mammograms, both from an individual quality-of-life perspective and to help control our health care costs as a society,” said Sen. Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown. “Improving access is a real challenge in many communities across the state, some of which are miles from the nearest doctor’s office. Making cancer screenings a mobile service is a huge step in bridging that gap, and I applaud the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for going above and beyond.”

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The Division of Public Health’s Women’s Mobile Health Screening Van is a mobile screening van that goes to local communities in Delaware to provide a number of services including:

  • Breast Screenings
  • Cervical Screenings
  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Cholesterol testing
  • Glucose testing
  • Information on healthy lifestyles
  • Translation services for Spanish and Haitian-Creole

It screens underserved women throughout the state and completed 1,005 mammogram screenings in the last fiscal year with 85% of these women considered low income.

Women ages 40 and older who are interested in scheduling a breast or cervical screening should contact the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition at 1-888-672-9647 to schedule their appointment. Click here to view the screening schedule on the Coalition’s website. Women who are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for a free screening through the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Screening for Life program.

 

Get Ready for the Battle on the Turf 5k Run/Walk!

It’s time to put on your racing shoes because on Wednesday, September 13th, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is holding its first annual Battle on the Turf 5k Run/Walk and 1.5 mile Fun Walk. This event is at the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, Delaware and will start at 6:30 p.m. It is open to women, men, and children of all ages and is family friendly!

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Now here are a few things that you need to know about the event:

  • You can register before the event at races2run.com/events/battle-on-the-turf-5k/ for $25 until September 11th.
  • You can also register for Battle on the Turf the day of the race for $30 starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • You can register as an individual or as part of a team.
  • The event doesn’t just end the minute you cross the line as there will be REFRESHMENTS, MUSIC, AND AWARDS!
  • The awards given out after the race are for the top males and females in various age groups along with team awards that will be given out.

And what is this 5k helping the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition with? Our programs! This 5k will benefit our programs that:

  • Increase breast cancer awareness
  • Promote the importance of early detection
  • Provide access to mammograms and bilingual screening navigators
  • Offer support and resources to women and men in the community that are newly diagnosed or facing a recurrence of breast cancer.

All of this would not be possible without our sponsors & Supporters: DE Turf Sports Complex, Bayhealth, Dover Colonial Rotary, Dedicated to Women ObGyn, Wesley College, L&W Insurance, Eagle 97.7 FM, Races2Run, SODEL Concepts, and UnitedHealthCare.

We look forward to seeing you on September 13th at DE Turf Complex!

“Save Second Base” with the Wilmington Blue Rocks was a Great Success!

On Wednesday, July 12th, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition held its annual breast cancer awareness game with the Wilmington Blue Rocks. There are so many great things to talk about from the game. To start, the Blue Rocks played the Lynchburg Hillcats at home and WON 5 to 4! The game went 13 innings! 

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Not only was the game a win for the Blue Rocks, but it was also a victory for our breast cancer survivors! Tickets were free for survivors and the Blue Rocks allowed them to come onto the field for a High Five Tunnel with the players before the game. A two-time survivor, Cindy, even brought her daughter Liorha to throw the first pitch!

It was a family friendly event that made everyone feel good! There were raffles and auctions for the uniforms the Blue Rocks were wearing. What made these jerseys special was that the players wore pink. People may have also seen the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition table selling merchandise throughout the night. And our friends at WJBR came out with special prizes and games for the occasion.

All around the game was amazing and a success for so many reasons:

  • Our section was rocking pink to show support
  • It was fun to watch the game and see the Blue Rocks win
  • Survivors Recognition was in full force
  • It was for kids and adults alike and everyone had a great time

Thank you so much for coming out to this wonderful event! We hope you will plan to join us again next year! Check our event schedule for more happening in your neighborhood!

2017 Lights of Life Gala

Please join the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the 2017 Lights of Life Gala

Lights, Camera, Auction”
A glamorous fun filled evening celebrating the Oscars

 

 

February 25, 2017
6:00 pm – 10:00 p.m.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
1131 North DuPont Highway

Purchase Tickets

* Paparazzi Red Carpet Entrance

Silent and Live Auction

Hollywood Celebrity Photo Opts

Hors d’oeuvres, Seated Dinner, and Open Bar

* Breast Cancer Survivor Fashion Show

DJ and Dancing

And more

Dress: Glitz and Glamour, Black Tie Optional

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

All proceeds benefit local programs and services in Delaware and the surrounding regions.

For more than 25 years the DBCC has been raising awareness of breast health issues through outreach, education, and support services to facilitate the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Thank YOU for supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition through another PINKtober!

Thank YOU for supporting the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition during Breast Cancer Awareness Month! It has been a wild October spreading breast cancer awareness in our community. We are grateful to have so many generous partners in our neighborhoods across the state, helping us share our resources with folks who need them and helping raise funds to support our local programs and services of support, education, and survivorship. We have to take a moment to thank all of our partners, volunteers, sponsors, and donors!2016-partnership-collage

 

We want to especially give a shout out (in no particular order) to:

Pirees Piri Piri Grill in Pike Creek

Kings Tire and Lube

McDonald’s

Third Base Liquors

Sea Tows Boats

Duck Donuts in Newark

One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning

Gatehouse Media

Bayhealth Medical Center

Sante Fe, Wilmington Location

Rawlins Orthodontics

Chevy of Dover

Milford Police

The Melting Pot

Anytime Fitness Bear

Brandywine Lighting Gallery

Artist Designs

TJ’s Repairs in Milford

The News Journal/Delaware Online

Ed Oliver golf club

Dos Locos in Rehoboth

First State BMX

Plantation Lakes

First State Chevy Olds

NASCAR Dover

Eagle 977/Delmarva Broadcasting

Atticus Bow Ties

Capitol School District

Continental Jewelers

Dewey Goes Pink 5K organizers the Starboard and the Body Shop and Races2Run

Tanger Outlets

Milford High School

Ronny’s Garden World

Oxford Feed and Lumber

Deer Park & Races2Run

Lovering Studio

Harrington Raceway

Lula Roe Dover Vendors

Beer Pong Organizers Alex and Thomasine Bianchi & Christopher Burgos

UD Hockey (Men’s D1, D2, D3 and Women’s) organized by Katrina Anderson

Tocara Jewelry & Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Farmers Insurance

Lake Forest East Elementary

Premier Cosmetics and Dermatology

Currie Hair Skin Nails

Capriotti’s

Georgetown Car Show Organizers Levin Clark and Georgetown Mayor Bill West

Monster Mile Sponsors: Edgewell Personal Care, Highmark Delaware, Yencer Builders, Willis Chevrolet & Buick, Bayhealth, Chevrolet of Dover, Dover Colonial Rotary Club, Mid-Delaware Imaging, Price Acura and Price Honda, Ronny’s Garden World, and Lighthouse Construction

…and so many more. Too many to name. If we inadvertently left you off this list, so sorry, just let us know and we’ll add you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Although October is over, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is still here to serve our community. If you or someone you know is diagnosed with breast cancer, call 1-866-312-3222.

 

Hispanic Heritage Month Featuring: Maria Lopez

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is honoring Hispanic Survivor: Maria Lopez!

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Maria Lopez was born in Chiapas, Mexico. Married with 3 children, she has been living in Millsboro, DE for the past 14 years. She was always up to date with her annual mammogram, but for 2 years she felt a lump that was never detected. After insisting to her doctor that she felt a lump on her left breast and asking for additional screenings, Maria was diagnosed with an aggressive type of breast cancer in 2014 . It was stage 4.

At the beginning of her breast cancer journey, Maria had lot of side effects. She felt so much pain and weakness. She went through 17 sessions of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Nowadays, Maria continues to visit her doctor every 6 months. She is a homemaker and lives with her husband and daughter Priscilla (pictured above).

During Hispanic Heritage Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maria encourages other Hispanic women to screen early, have faith in God, and keep fighting for those surviving the disease. She wants women to find out about their family history for breast cancer by filling out the DBCC’s Family Health History Tree. Maria’s aunt had stomach cancer so she knows some cancer runs in her family.

Maria also offers encouragement to other women who are beginning their breast cancer journey. She says, “You are going to fight this, and you will come out victorious!” She also thanks God and her oncology doctor for her recovery and surviving breast cancer. In her own words she said, “Christ gives me strength.”

 

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Maria Lopez nació en Chiapas, México. Casada y con tres hijos, Maria ha vivido en Millsboro, DE por los últimos 14 años. Como siempre, ella estaba al tanto con su mamografía anual pero por dos años sentía una bolita que nunca fue detectada durante su revisión. Maria fue diagnosticada con un tipo de cáncer de seno muy agresivo en el 2014 después de insistirle a su doctor en someterse a pruebas adicionales ya que sentía un bulto en su seno izquierdo.

Durante el inicio de su tratamiento, Maria lo describe como doloroso, con muchos síntomas y con una debilidad muy fuerte. Se sometió a 17 sesiones de quimioterapia y radioterapia cuando el cáncer fue detectado en etapa 4. Actualmente, Maria continua visitando a su doctor cada 6 meses, es ama de casa y vive con su esposo y su hija Priscila (en la foto).

Durante el mes de la Herencia Hispana y el mes de la Sensibilización del Cáncer de Seno, Maria invita a otras mujeres Hispanas que se sometan a pruebas de cáncer a tiempo, tengan fe en Dios y que sigan luchando las personas que han sido diagnosticadas con esta enfermedad. La tía de Maria padeció de cáncer en el estómago y quiere que otras mujeres también usen el Árbol Genealógico de la Salud para así aprender sobre las enfermedades que corren en la familia.

Así mismo, Maria también ofrece apoyo a esas mujeres pasando por la misma situación. Les dice “¡Van a vencer la enfermedad, van a salir victoriosas!”. También agradece a Dios y su oncólogo por su mejoramiento y recuperación en sobrevivir esta enfermedad, en sus propias palabras ella dice “Cristo me fortalece”.