Breast cancer support group opens WOC office
BERLIN—Independent breast cancer support organization Women Supporting Women closed its Worcester County office on Old Ocean City Boulevard, reopening at 12216 Ocean Gateway in a cost-saving move.
Past volunteer Mary Henderson was hired as the full-time coordinator, along with Salisbury University student Cristina Bustamante, who will handle daily operations. A senior, Bustamante is plans to graduate with a double major in marketing and management in December 2014.
Women Supporting Women’s mission is to provide awareness, education and support to those affected by breast cancer.
The immediate goal of the new office, however, might be to get new signs up so individuals can find them. The $900 of signage needed for the door, building and roadside pylon will have to come out of overhead cost, if not donated beforehand, Henderson said.
The organization provides surgeons with bags of information kits and products for their patients who are battling cancer, Henderson said. The group provides blankets, scarves, special pillows and cushions, mastectomy products, information pamphlets and wigs free to breast cancer patients.
Most items are donated or made by local volunteers, organizations and businesses, including Apple Discount Drugs, Ayer’s Creek Adventures, Craig’s Drug Store, Christ United Methodist Church, Herl’s Bath & Tile, Kitty’s Flower Shop, Midway GM/Toyota of Pocomoke City, Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Rommel Perdue, Harley-Davidson, Sharp Energy and Sharp Water.
Women Supporting Women hosted the first annual High Heel Race in Berlin on June 14, sponsored by Ayers Creek Adventures, Hooters, Ron Jon and Victorian Charm, Henderson said. Other annual events include Bras for a Cause, The Ride for Awareness, the Hope Dinner and health fairs.
Ayers Creek will host a “Pink Paddle” party fundraiser Sept. 28 at 8628 Grey Fox Lane from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include lunch, live music, trophies and a raffle to win a pink kayak.
Participants pay $60 for a single Ayers Creek kayak, $100 for a tandem Ayers Creek kayak, or $50 if they use their own kayak, stand up paddle board or canoe. Adults pay $15 and children ages 5-12 years pay $5 to attend the party.
Tickets for the pink kayak raffle cost $5 per ticket or $25 for six and are available at Ayers Creek, Baked Dessert Café and Gallery or Bruder Hill in Berlin.
Call 443-513-0889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Worcester Chapter Office will participate in the 12th annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 12 at Winterplace Park in Salisbury.
Starting at 8:30 a.m., walkers will follow a three-mile course through a woodland path or a one-mile fun walk around the pond at the park. The cost is $25 per person for pre-registration, $30 for race-day registration and $5 for each canine companion (leash required).
Monthly support group meetings start again at Women Supporting Women’s new location on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m.
The group’s office hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For more information about Women Supporting Women, call 410-213-1177 or visit www.womensupportingwomen.org.