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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 info@ayerscreekadventures.com 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.