Carol is a resident of Laurel, DE. She is an ordained Evangelist and the Founder of Soul Savors Ministries International and Founder and Pastor of Victory in Grace Tabernacle in Laurel, Delaware. She has been in ministry for 22 years. Previously she worked in higher education and business for twenty-nine years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Bible Studies from Exodus School of the Bible, Cleveland, MS.
“I was born and raised in Georgetown, graduated from Georgetown High School (Now Sussex Central) and attended Delaware Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington. After graduation, I married Frank Gordy and we raised a daughter and two sons.
In 2007, at the age of 77, I was diagnosed with grade 3 carcinoma of the left breast. A small lumpectomy was done. After much debate, I agreed to a year of chemo and radiation by the caring staff at the Tunnell Cancer Treatment Center.
As a cancer survivor, now at age 83, I still play golf. I am also active in a monthly reading club. I have traveled many places over the world. Since my treatment, my husband and I have traveled to Maine, Florida, Hawaii, and the Western National Parks. I exercise regularly by walking, gardening and at classes.
I think my background as a nurse helped me accept the treatment. Since my recovery, I have mentored other ladies through the Breast Cancer Coalition, my church and friends. I know it is very helpful as you go through treatment to talk with someone who is a survivor.”
A mammogram determined the need to see a specialist. A biopsy showed #breastcancer and DeAnna was immediately scheduled to have the lump removed in May. She needed to schedule chemotherapy and radiation, but postponed it until after her daughter’s graduation. She did not want to take a chance on side effects making her miss this special day.
When DeAnna found out she was to be a grandmother, she knew she had to see her first grandchild. That motivated her to complete my treatments and keep a detailed scrapbook of her healing process.
DeAnna says ”Eight years later, I am still here and have two granddaughters, ages 5 and 7. I am a survivor!”
|Sue (left) and Peggy|
|Left to right: Peggy, Sue, Connie Holdridge and Kathy Wiz.|
|June with Today show co-host Hoda Kotb|
If you are interested in volunteering with DBCC, click here for more information. Volunteer trainings are held quarterly throughout the state.
|Peggie with her award|
|Team “Walking for All” with their fun accessories!|
- Start Fundraising Early
- Be concise when asking for donations but also be ready to give more detail.
- Offer to input checks and donations for people.
- Throw a party for your friends who donate to your cause!Offer hors d’oeuvres and drinks for every person who donated $20 or more. This is a great way to raise money while having fun with your friends.
- Create a Spare Change fundraiser. Ask all your friends and family (or even local stores) to place a jar in a visible place to collect spare change. Pennies do add up!
- Start a Blue Jeans Friday. Ask if you can ask everyone to wear blue jeans to work if they donate $5 to your cause
- Sell yourself as a personal chef! Raffle off your cooking skills and offer a home cooked meal for two.
- Host a jewelry party for you and your friends. Charge $5 to attend and have everyone bring 1 or 2 pieces of jewelry that they don’t mind parting with, and do a silent auction or swap.
- Get the help of your company! Many employers offer matching funds programs. Your $50 donation could turn into $100!
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- Ask for money! Sometime the most direct route is the best. Write up a donation letter (or e-mail) and send it to 10 friends. Ask those ten friends to send it to ten of their friends. The message will quickly get out about your event, and the funds will start rolling in.
The DE-feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk will include a timed 5K Run, an untimed 5K Walk, and a 1-Mile Fun Walk. The run begins at 8 am and the walk at 9 am with registration starting at 7 am at the Tanger Outlet’s Seaside Location in the Applebee’s parking lot. You can register online here. For more information about the DE-feet Breast Cancer Run/Walk, please visit www.defeetbreastcancerwalk.org.
|Linda (center) with her daughter and son|