Survivor Spotlight: Lisa Welling

Breast cancer survivor Lisa Welling celebrated her last Chemo treatment at Beebe Tunnell’s Cancer Center on October 23. She and her son just took a much deserved vacation to North Carolina to celebrate being cancer free!

Like hundreds of other women in Delaware who will be newly diagnosed this year, Lisa knows breast cancer isn’t easy. You don’t just bounce back. She was under the assumption that she’d have a double mastectomy and be back to work in a month. That was not the case. She was and still is in a lot of pain.

Now Lisa is ready to give back. Her advise to others, “ask for help”. There are a lot of unknowns when it comes to cancer. And a lot of other women have been through this experience before. Lisa wants women to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And as Lisa says, “life is good”. DBCC is proud to honor Lisa in the Survivor Spotlight!

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, the Delaware Breast Cancer Cancer can help. Call us at 302-778-1102 to speak to a peer mentor, get involved in a survivorship program, and learn how we can be a resource to you and your loved ones.
Lisa Wellington

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!

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We want to especially give a shout out to:

Gatehouse Media

Bayhealth Medical Center

News Journal/Delaware Online

Fun and Festive Jewelry Making Store

ATI Physical Therapy

Upper Cut Salon

Harvest Ridge Winery

The Hadley Group at Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate

Skyzone Newark

Rawlins Orthodontics

Atticus Bow Ties

New Beginnings Spa at Dawn Career Institute

Capitol School District

Brighton Collectibles

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

Tanger Outlets

Park Place, Grottos Pizza, Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s and Longshots in Milford

33 West

Milford High School

Ronny’s Garden World

Oxford Feed and Lumber

Premier Cosmetics and Dermatology

Inspire Me Events

Currie Hair Skin Nails

Cedarfield Ruritan Club

Georgetown Car Show Organizers Levin Clark and Georgetown Mayor Bill West

Monster Mile Sponsors: Townsend Brothers Chevrolet, Willis Chevrolet, Forever Fit Foundation, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Dover Rent All Tents & Events, Bayhealth Medical Center, La Red Health Center, Price Honda/Acura, Ronny’s Garden World, Kent County Women’s Journal, Mid-Delaware Imaging, Ms. Diana Brode, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Psi Iota Chapter, and Watras Photography

…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.

Delaware Federal Lawmakers Support Legislation to End Breast Cancer

Lawmakers Co-Sponsor Legislation to Support the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Deadline 2020

DOVER, DE (October 28, 2015)— The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce that Congressman John Carney, Senator Tom Carper, and Senator Chris Coons have declared their support as Co-Sponsors for the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act (S. 746/ H.R. 1197). The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act is a bipartisan bill that will focus on identifying strategies for primary prevention, stopping women and men from getting breast cancer, and understanding and preventing metastasis—the spread of cancer—which is responsible for 90% of breast cancer deaths.


The Deadline Breast Cancer Coalition supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s advocacy efforts to know how to end Breast Cancer by January 1, 2020. Through research, access and influence, the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s efforts are both ambitious and achievable.


“More than 750 Delawareans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and thousands more across the country will lose their battle with this deadly disease,” Senator Coons said. “Innovative research has transformed breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, but breast cancer rates have continued to rise, and women today face a greater risk of contracting the disease than they did four decades ago. It’s time to scale up our efforts to combat this disease, so we can move closer to our goal of eliminating breast cancer by 2020. It is clear that ending breast cancer is beyond a political issue. It is up to the leaders of this nation to work together to support the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act so we can end morbidity and mortality due to this disease.”


According to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Executive Director Vicky Cooke, the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act is one major step needed to achieve the Deadline. “I am a breast cancer survivor and I am a proud mother and grandmother. I support Deadline 2020 so my children and my grandchildren won’t have to face breast cancer and we can stop losing our loved ones to this horrific disease. I don’t want to cure it, because a cure implies you have to get it. I want to end it. And in Delaware, we are proud and grateful to have one hundred percent support from our Congressional leaders.”


To learn more about Deadline 2020 or the National Breast Cancer Coalition, visit

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About DBCC:

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’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 to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care.

DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at


Hispanic Heritage Month Featuring: Grettel Huber

Grettel Huber is 51 years old and was born in Costa Rica. She has lived in the United States for half her life and is now a proud citizen. She is a divorced, single mother of a 21 year old amazing daughter, a Dean’s List Student at UD!


Grettel was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October of 2010. That day was probably the saddest day of her life – for about 3 hours only! It didn’t last long because she decided that with the help of God, her life would be a positive and healthy one. She had a series of biopsies and the week before Christmas her chemotherapy began. It lasted 16 weeks. Christmas day of 2010 she began losing her hair. Of her hair Grettel says, “it was one of my best attributes and still is!”

When Grettel began losing her hair she decided to call a friend who is a hair dresser. She came her to home and cut it short (not bald) instead of waiting for it to fall out. Surprisingly, it didn’t fall out completely, but she wore wigs to work in the interim. Grettel actually had fun with the wigs, and why not… some women wear them for fun!

Another surprise was that Grettel didn’t get sick with her chemo sessions. Instead, she got insomnia. So, the days that she had her 5-hour chemo sessions (always on a Friday), she went out with friends and danced all night long. Grettel also went to the gym 5 times a week and did pretty hard cardio. Her belief was – the stronger I made the blood run through my veins, the faster the Cancer would be eliminated. This was Grettel’s theory only, but one of her Oncologist loved it, too.

In April of 2011, Grettel had her Lumpectomy, which came back clear! As Grettel says, “No Cancer, God is amazing!”. Lymph Nodes were also clear. About a week later her radiation sessions began. She was told that the skin around her breast would burn, but it didn’t happen. Grettel jokes, “I sure got a tan! I wanted to tan the other breast but the radiologist didn’t allow me…”

Grettel’s cancer was “a blessing in disguise”. It made her see how precious life is, that people really do care, and it made her appreciate her family and friends much more. She began telling everyone how much she loves them. She felt God with her even more. Grettel says, “He is always with us, at ALL times. I know God has more things for me to do in this beautiful world.  Cancer touches us deeply in a way that no one else can understand.”

DBCC is pleased to recognize Grettel Huber for Hispanic Heritage Month and share her message of gratitude and survivorship with our community!

As Grettel says, “Life is wonderful, four years cancer free; living each day to the fullest – helping others and loving everyone.”

Welcome to Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and DBCC is very fortunate to have a number of community partners who help raise awareness and funds for our programs and services in the community. Below is a list of events and promotions in the month of October that support DBCC.

Our community partnerships are so important because DBCC is not supported by a national organization – we raise our money in Delaware and it stays in Delaware to support the needs of our communities. With more than 780 women expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Delaware this year alone, your support will make it possible to pair a newly diagnosed individual with a trained peer mentor, to provide a road map to care and support through Beginning Your Journey workshops, to bring vital screening services into the communities that need them most, and to celebrate survivorship in the outdoors with Nurture for Nature outings and more.

As always we thank you for your support of DBCC!

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition
Tanger Outlets PINKStyle Campaign in Rehoboth Beach

Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach launches their 2015 PinkStyle Campaign from October 1 to 31, 2015.  The promotion offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase a “Powerful Pink Card” for $5 in exchange for an unlimited use savings card which entitles the bearer to 25% off a select item once a day at  participating Tanger Outlet stores.  Discount cards can be purchased at Tanger shopper services located at Tanger Surfside or Tanger Seaside, or online by selecting the “Delaware: Rehoboth Beach” location. Proceeds of the Powerful Pink Card will be donated to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
the Charity Gala at the Delaware Auto Show

For years, the Charity Gala at the Delaware Auto Show has been the highlight of the show for many. This fun formal affair on Friday, October 2, will benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Enjoy the newest 2016 automobiles, amazing food, live music and mix and mingle. Tickets are $100. For more information visit the Delaware Auto Show website.
Dewey Goes Pink 5K Run/Walk
In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Starboard Paints Dewey Pink on Saturday, October 10! The original date was rescheduled due to the forecast. This year we are excited to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this amazing event.  Dewey Goes Pink is a 5K race (or 1.5mi walk) two friends Steve ‘Monty’ Montgomery and Adam Howard started in memory & honor of their moms.  Monty lost his mother, Barbara ‘Gugie’ Montgomery five years ago after a 25 year fight.  Adam’s mom is currently a survivor. These guys felt the right thing to do was use their businesses to bring awareness as well as raise funds because in one way or another, every single one of us is affect by the nastiness of breast cancer. Visit the Dewey Goes Pink website to register.
Survivor Sunday at Tanger Outlets

Help DBCC and Tanger Outlets Kick off the “Powerful Pink Card” sales with FREE fun, games, prizes,& giveaways for survivors from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday, October 4. Crabcake sandwiches will be half price at $4 and crab soup $3. Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth Beach launches their 2015 PinkStyle Campaign from October 1 to 31, 2015. Proceeds of the Powerful Pink Card will be donated to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Monster Miles for a Cause Walk

Join DBCC for the 6th Annual Monster Miles for a Cause Walk on Saturday, October 17! Bring your family and friends RAIN or SHINE to share in fun, food and the Monster Mile while joining the fight against breast cancer. Registration begins at 9:00 am and the walk step off promptly at 10:00am. Walkers should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled walk time. The cost is $25 per person in advance and $30 on race day. Children 10 and under walk free with an adult (t-shirts not included for children who walk free). T-shirts guaranteed if pre-registered before October 1, 2015. Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Michelleto find out more. To register, please visit the race website to register.
Third Annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show

Please join us for the Third Annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18! Oct 17 is a Cruise-in Saturday night on the circle in Georgetown from 5pm – 9pm featuring The Crusers live band. Oct 18 is the car show from 9 am – 3 pm including 50+ trophies, Dash plaques, DJ, Door prizes, and a live auction. Registration is from 9am to 12pm at no cost and $12 per car to enter. For more information contact Levin Clark (302) 500-1128 or Connie Holdridge 302-644-6844 or by email.
Currie Hair, Skin, Nails “There’s Life in Beauty”
Looking for a new hairstyle or interested in a relaxing mani-pedi? Visit Currie Hair Skin Nails Salons in Glen Mills, PA and Justison Landing in Wilmington onSunday, October 25 for their annual “There’s Life in Beauty” fundraiser. They will have discounted pricing and 100% of the proceeds benefit DBCC. Click here for more details. Limited appointments available. Call to make yours today!
October 2015 Partnership Events
Best of the Bars in Milford
Thursday, October 8, 5 to 7 pm at various locations, Milford, DE (Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s,Grotto Pizza and Park Place)
The event will happen at four bars in Milford simultaneously from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm. Show your spirit for your local bar and support your favorite bartender by raising the most money. Bartenders can raise money with tips and donations before the event.  Bars: Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s, Grotto Pizza and Park Place. Contact Cheryl Doucette at 302.672.6435 or for more information.
Brews for a Cause at 33 West
Thursday, October 8, 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm at 33 West Ale House & Grill, 33 W. Loockerman St. Dover, DE
33 West is proud to support the fight against breast cancer on Thursday, October 8 with silent auctions, guest bartenders Jenny Mabus, Prentice Griffin, Lois Wilkinson and Cam Llwewllyn, 50/50 raffle, beer and cocktail specials. All donation benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and stay local.
Oxford Feed & Lumber’s Pink 50 Poker Prance
Sunday, October 11, 8 am to 1 pm at Oxford Feed and Lumber Trailer Parking Lot on Rt 273, Fair Hill, MD
Calling all equine enthusiasts! Join Oxford Feed and Lumber for this upcoming event! For a $35 registration fee (before October 1), you can be a part of this Poker Prance for DBCC and other local breast cancer organizations! Riders may begin between 8 am and 12 pm on October 11 in Fair Hill, MD. Your donation includes lunch, a pink t-shirt and assorted goodies and a popular trail ride through Fair Hill. Gift cards will be awarded for the top 5 poker hands and top 5 “Most Pink” horse and rider! Five raffle winners will receive 5 free bags of feed. Purina feed will also be available for purchase at a super discount! Stop by Oxford Feed & Lumber, beginning Sept. 11, for early raffle chances. NEW THIS YEAR: “Pink” Horseshoes are available for just $10. Purchase a shoe in memory or support of someone who has or had breast cancer. Oxford Feed and Lumber can even paint a name on the top of the shoe.  Proceeds will benefit the Delaware and Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalitions and a local Maryland agency.
Ronny’s Garden World’s Fifth Annual Ladies Night Out
Sunday, October 11, 5 to 8 pm at Ronny’s Garden World, 5580 Dupont Pkwy, Smyrna, DE 19977
Join Ronny’s Garden World for their Fifth Annual Ladies Night with special discounts and raffles. Help spread awareness for breast cancer and get your holiday shopping done early. Many Local Vendors will be there to show their support with products available for immediate purchase or to order. Refreshments served by Main Street Market. Wine Sampling provided by Sheridan’s Irish Pub. Lots of Giveaways and Raffle. Raffles to begin at 7:00 P.M. and 100% of Proceeds from the Raffles to be donated to the DELAWARE BREAST CANCER COALITION!!
2nd Annual Pamper Me Pink
Thursday, October 15, 5 to 7:30 pm at Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
537 Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, DE 19713
Dr. Erik Hoy of Premier Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery presents the 2nd Annual “Pamper Me Pink” event to raise awareness of breast cancer on Thursday, October 15 from 5 to 7:30pm in Newark. All ticket proceeds will be donated to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. They are available for $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The event includes food, wine, entertainment, raffles, live demos and a silent auction. Meet the surgeons, staff and representatives from the many products and services they offer. Attendees can pre-purchase services like Botox/Dysport, Restylane, Hair Laser Removal, Coolsculpting and more at reduced event prices as well as 30% off skin care products that night. Call 302.633.7550 x 340 for tickets.
50 Shades of Pink
Friday, October 16, 6 to 9 pm, at the Cordrey Center, 30366 Cordrey Rd., Millsboro, DE
Join Inspire Me Events for 50 Shades of Pink on October 16 from 6 to 9 pm at the Cordrey Center in Millsboro for a great evening in support of DBCC.
Concert for a Cure
Friday, October 23, 6 to 9 pm at Dover High School, 1 Dover High Drive, Dover, DE
Capital School District and the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition present “A Concert For a Cure” to help fund local breast cancer programs. This concert will feature singer/songwriter and CSD alumni, Kevin McCove and the Kevin McCove band and Atlantic Recording artist Andre “Royal” Watson. Tickets will be sold at William Henry Middle School, Central Middle School, Dover High School or For more information call Dennis Hallock at 302-670-2750 or email

Click here for details about the events listed above.

Promotions Throughout the Month of October
“Fun and Festive” Goes Pink
Visit “Fun and Festive” jewelry making store in the Milton Mercantile for the month of October and get a pink bracelet! The owner and Mayor of Milton, Marion Jones and her sister, Kathy Jones will be offering pink beaded bracelets for sale through the month of October for a donation. 100% of the proceeds of the pink bracelets will come to DBCC. Fun and Festive is located in the Milton Mercantile, 109 Union Street, Milton, DE.
The Upper Cut Salon and Spa of Dover Goes Pink 
The Upper Cut Salon and Spa of Dover, owned by Carol Thomas, is holding an annual pink strand fundraiser for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition for the month of October. Get a pink strand extension in your hair and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. Strands are $10. You can stop by the salon, located at 119 S. Dupont Highway Dover, DE 19901 or call 302-736-1661 to schedule an appointment. These strands are clamp style extensions that do not damage the hair.
DAWN Career Institute

Donating $1 per new “like” on their Facebook page

Skyzone Trampoline Park is Going Pink! 

Visit Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Newark during the month of October and 100% of sales from Pink Merchandise (socks and wristbands) and donation cards will benefit DBCC.
Click here for a complete list of DBCC events.
Breast Cancer Survivor Events in October
10/13 – Survivor Brunch in Rehoboth Beach
10/15 – “Beginning Your Journey” Program at Nanticoke Hospital
10/16 – Survivor Pink Tea in Seaford
10/20 – Navigating the Course at Beebe’s Tunnell Cancer Center
10/23-10/24 – “Nurture with Nature” Ashland Nature Center Overnight Stay
Every Wednesday
Breast Cancer Survivor Yoga at the Studio of Sue McCarthy in Lewes
Ongoing Peer Mentor Support 
The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Peer Mentor Support ProgramTM offers ongoing, free, one-on-one emotional support and resources to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer by trained breast cancer survivors.  If you are newly diagnosed and wish to speak to someone who has experienced a similar breast cancer diagnosis, please call 302-468-4814 or email
Click here for details about the events listed above.
Educational Events in October
10/3 – VIDA! TM Latina Breast Health Forum in partnership with the Mexican Consulate at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Dover
10/14 – Wise Woman Wednesday at the office of State Farm Insurance Agent Janine O’Donnell in Lewes
10/24 – TOTAL WOMAN CONFERENCE: Empowering the Wise and Well Woman at the Wilmington Library
Click here for details about the events listed above.

Hispanic Heritage Month Featuring: Laura Gendreau

Laura’s mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 ductal carcinoma at age 46 and she lost battle with breast cancer shortly before her 48th birthday. Laura isn’t aware of any other family members who had breast cancer because her mother lost her family connections when she immigrated from Chile to the United States as a teen.

When Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer she was lucky to get support but culturally. Hispanic women do not always discuss health issues which is why Laura is so open to it today. She received tremendous support once she revealed what was happening to her.

Laura’s message is simple: “As Latina women we tend to take care of our families, our communities and our friends before we take care of ourselves. Preventative care and regular breast screenings saves lives. If my mother had gone for her regular screenings it could have saved her life but she didn’t and we lost her but she did save my life by insisting I go get checked and I did.”

For Hispanic heritage month, DBCC is proud to honor Laura and share her message of early detection with our community!

If you or someone you know is in need of a mammogram, call 1-888-672-9647 today.


Hispanic Heritage Month Featuring: Elsa Rodriguez-Trejo

Elsa didn’t have any family history of breast cancer. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She and her husband, Jose, moved to Pennsylvania when she was just 28 years old with their two young daughters. Jose’s job as an engineer brought them to the United States for two years. Elsa had studied English in school but living here was not the same. She felt isolated and gravitated towards friends that spoke Spanish or that she met by chance.Elsa Photo

After two years, the political situation in Argentina was very bad. Elsa and Jose moved back to Argentina in 1978 and stayed for 11 months but it didn’t work out. The second time she came to the United States, she knew she was going to stay. Her attitude changed and she was more open to friendships. She became a secondary math teacher and got involved in the local Catholic Church. Her network expanded.

When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Elsa had these groups of new friends and colleagues, an extended family of sorts, to support her through her journey. 11 years later, Elsa is retired and lives in Millsboro, DE.  She is now a bilingual volunteer with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

According to Elsa, one problem for a newly diagnosed women is that she doesn’t speak the language. Another problem is she may have a limited support system, not only monetarily but also having the support community. In the Hispanic community, family is very important. When you have very few people around and they are as scared as you, and they don’t have all the medical information, and you cannot understand the doctors, it can be very scary and isolating!

Elsa shares this personal story with all of the newly diagnosed women she mentors. She becomes a little part of their world and their family. She acts as a friend and a teacher. If they need her to come to the doctor, she will join them. She can support them emotionally. The fact that after 11 years she hasn’t had a recurrence and she’s still here and there are other survivors, it becomes an assurance for them.

Some women need a lot of support, and some don’t but Elsa will help them in any way she can. There was one woman who did not speak English and would go to the cancer center with her daughter, who spoke English, but she would immediately cry when she entered. It was difficult for the staff to communicate what was going on. After DBCC intervened, Elsa joined the woman for her next appointment. As soon as she saw Elsa, they started talking and Elsa understood that the problem was she felt completely out of control of what was going on. And this was the first time she could communicate and didn’t cry. And after that, she no longer needed Elsa’s support. Some of the other mentees have become good friends with Elsa.