Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Caroline County DES Raises $1,055 to Combat Breast Cancer

The Caroline County Department of Emergency Services recently raised more than $1,000 for Survivors Offering Support and Susan G. Komen as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign that takes place during the month of October to raise awareness of the disease. Fifty-two Caroline County DES employees participated in the fundraiser, which was spearheaded by Emergency Management Division Chief Cindy Towers and Communications Division Chief Steve Hurlock.

Throughout the month of October, Caroline County DES employees had the opportunity to purchase department shirts that featured the iconic pink ribbon, an international symbol of breast cancer awareness. There were 108 shirts sold to 52 employees, who wore them as their uniform throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The fundraiser brought in $1,055, which will be donated to Susan G. Komen and Survivors Offering Support at Shore Regional Health.

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) is a hospital-based program that enables women who have completed breast cancer treatment to offer their support and knowledge to newly-diagnosed patients. In the past decade, SOS has served thousands of breast cancer patients in Maryland by matching them with mentors, who are required to complete educational programs on mentoring skills, patient concerns and surgical options.

“Survivors Offering Support matches breast cancer survivors with newly-diagnosed patients so that they can provide emotional support as they go through their journey," says Towers. “Sometimes doctors cannot answer all the patients questions, but a survivor that has been through breast cancer treatment can.”

Funds raised were also donated to the well-known Susan G. Komen Foundation, the largest breast cancer organization in the United States. Susan G. Komen supports breast cancer education, research, advocacy and health services.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women and approximately 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer during their lifetime.

If you are interested in learning more about the Survivors Offering Support mentoring program, please contact Edla Coleman at ecoleman@shorehealth.org or call 410-822-1000 x5866. More information on Susan G. Komen can be found online at komen.org.

Caroline County DES Raises $1,055 to Combat Breast Cancer