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

Black History Month Profile: Shirley Horn

Shirley Horn was a unique singer, with one of the slowest deliveries in jazz and a very unusual way of phrasing, putting stress on certain words and letting others slip away. She’s most famous for songs such as “Here’s to Life” and “You Won’t Forget Me.” She lived all her life in and around Washington, often performing close to home to be near her family.

Continue reading

Black History Month Profile: Edward W. Brooke


Former Massachusetts senator Edward W. Brooke was a history maker for many reasons. He was the first African American popularly elected to the United States Senate in 1966 and the only African-American Senator elected to serve multiple terms. He was also the oldest living former Senator. Most poignant, he was a breast cancer survivor and committed to sharing his breast health message with the world.

Continue reading

Black History Month Profile: Ruby Dee


Born on October 27th, 1924, Ruby Dee was an important force in the movement of African-American culture. Being the first Black woman to play lead roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, Ruby Dee helped to pave the way for African American actors. A former graduate of the American Negro Theatre, Ruby Dee starred in many memorable and important films including A Raisin in the Sun (1961), Roots (1978) and American Gangster (2007). She also had been a staunch supporter of Black heritage and a strong participant in the fight against injustice and racism.

Continue reading

The SOFT trial, benefits and side effects

Layout 1

There are risks and benefits to any treatment for breast cancer. The Suppression of Ovarian Function Trial (SOFT) was designed to answer the question – would premenopausal women with early stage hormone receptor positive breast cancer benefit from ovarian suppression therapy in addition to Tamoxifen? This was an international trial presented by the International Breast Cancer Study Group from Bern, Switzerland.

The report that follows was researched and prepared by Connie Holdridge, Program Manager of Education and Survivorship at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, following the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December 2014. Read on for the details.

Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight – Bárbara Mori




Bárbara Mori, the famous Mexico-Uruguayan actress from the film Insignificant Things was treated for breast cancer when she was 29 years old. She underwent an operation to have the cancer removed and did not need chemotherapy. She shared her breast cancer journey in the 2010 documentary 1 a Minute, with celebrity cancer survivors Olivia Newton John and Kelly McGillis, among others.


Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight – Adamari Lopez


Puerto Rican actress Un Nuevo Dia morning show host, Adamari Lopez, at the age of 33 was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy to fight the cancer and is in remission and enduring maintenance treatment today. In the past she was a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

#hispanicheritage #meshispano