(Sept. 26, 2014) Doctors will diagnose 4,570 women in Maryland with breast cancer this year — a number that rises to 232,670 across the country, according to the American Cancer Society.
To combat the disease the group expects to claim 40,000 lives in 2014, Ocean City’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chapter is launching its annual Pink Ribbon Classic Series, an assortment of local events to raise breast cancer awareness while garnering money for the ACS.
From golf tournaments to concerts, a host of events are on tap for the annual series, most of which takes place in October to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Everybody has been affected by the disease in one way or another,” said Beverly Furst, chairwoman for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and run, at the Pink Ribbon launch event last month.
“There’s something for everybody” in the 2014 events, she added.
This year’s Pink Ribbon Classic includes a card, game, and mahjong party and luncheon; tennis and golf tournaments; a party with live music at Seacrets; a scrap-booking event; the “Pamper Yourself For Charity” raffle; and the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk and Run.
Since its inception, the series has raised nearly $1.5 million for breast cancer research and development.
The Pink Ribbon series started 21 years ago with the Poor Girls Open, a ladies-only billfish release tournament to benefit breast cancer research. This year’s tournament kicked off the Pink Ribbon events last month, bringing 453 lady anglers to the dock at Bahia Marina on 21st Street and raising $65,000 for the ACS from Aug. 14-16. Over the years, the tournament has raised nearly $700,000 for the group.
The second Pink Ribbon event, an all-women’s golf tournament, launched three years later, and the series continued to grow from there, Furst said. The tradition continued this autumn with the new “Brews for Boobs” event.
One of the most recognized events in the series, the Making Strides 5K Run and Walk, kicks off early Saturday morning, Oct. 18.
Furst organized Ocean City’s inaugural walk 10 years ago, bringing around 300 to the Boardwalk to raise money for breast cancer research and care.
“At that time, I thought $30,000 was a lot,” she said, but last year the walk raised nearly $385,000 and brought around 800 survivors and supporters to the boards.
“It just blew us away,” Furst said.
While some money raised through the Pink Ribbon Classic goes toward national breast cancer research, the remainder stays on the Eastern Shore, where it will be used for education projects, patient programs, and services. Some of the local programs include free wigs for patients; the Look Good Feel Better program, which teaches patients how to cope with the cosmetic side-effects of treatment; Reach to Recovery, a one-on-one support visitation program by trained breast cancer survivors for new patients; Road to Recovery, a transportation service for patients to and from cancer treatments; Hope Lodge, which provides lodging during treatment; the Patient Navigator Program, which helps patients navigate the health care system; Cancer Survivors Network; and a 24-hour-a-day cancer information center — all free services.
Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women, except for skin cancer, and is the second-leading cause of cancerous death in women, according to the ACS.
One in two women newly diagnosed with the disease reaches out to the ACS for help and support. The group is the largest source of cancer research funds in the country, next to the U.S. government.
Across the country, Making Strides reaches more than 300 communities to raise more than $60 million for the ACS each year.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.
Find Ocean City’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Run and Walk at www.makingstrideswalk.org/ oceancitymd. Find the chapter on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ makingstridesoc or at the Twitter handle @OCMDStrides.
PINK RIBBON CLASSIC EVENT SCHEDULE
— Tennis Tournament: Friday, Oct. 3 at Sea Colony tennis center in Bethany Beach, Del. Pre-register by Tuesday, Sept. 30. Cost is $60 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and play. Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. Check-in day of the tournament at 8 a.m. Rain or shine event. To attend the lunch only, the cost is $25. Visit http://bit.ly/1uhLkgH for a registration form. Call Krista Burton at 302-539-4488.
— Sisters Fundraiser: Saturday, Oct. 4 at Sisters on Main Street, in Berlin. Guest bartenders will pour drinks and Spare Change will provide live music starting at 6 p.m. Sisters will donate 20 percent of all retail wine and beer sales to the American Cancer Society. Call 443-513-4158.
— Card, Game and Mahj Party/Luncheon: Wednesday, Oct. 8. SOLD OUT. Email email@example.com.
— Jammin’ Out Cancer: Friday, Oct. 10, 5-9 p.m. at Seacrets on 49th Street. “At the Hop” theme with music Oh Boy! Buddy Holly Tribute band, DJ BK and DJ Bigler. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle and food donated by local restaurants. Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door and includes one free beer or wine from the bar. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the closest location to pick up advance tickets.
— Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk/Run: Saturday, Oct. 18, Ocean City Boardwalk at the inlet. The 5K run begins at 9 a.m. and walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Pre-register online at www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd. Advance registration costs $35 for the 5K; the walk is free. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Top finishers and fundraisers receive awards. Contact Beverly Furst at 410-251-8020 or email email@example.com for more information. Visit www.makingstrideswalk.org/oceancitymd or “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Ocean City, MD” on Facebook.
— Pink Ribbon Golf Classic: Friday, Oct. 24 at Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin. Entry fee of $100 per person or $400 for a team of four includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner and official tournament gift bag. Prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin contests. Awards for all divisions.
Registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. Scramble format tournament with a noon shotgun start. Three divisions based on handicap and one fun non-competing division. Call Nancy Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register early.
— Mah-Jongg Tourney: Thursday, Oct. 30 at Golden Sands Resort on 109th Street. Registration for reserved seats only begins at 9 a.m. Play begins at 10 a.m. A $30 donation to the American Cancer Society includes continental breakfast, lunch and door prizes as well as the tournament.
First, second and third place finishers receive gift certificates. National Mah-Jongg League rules apply. Raffle tickets for a Pink Ribbon Mah-Jongg set cost $10. Pre-registration is required. Mail checks for $30 payable to the American Cancer Society to Darlene Botts, 11100 Coastal Highway, Unit 201, Ocean City, Md. 21842 before Oct. 25. Contact Botts at email@example.com or 410-409-7528 for more information. All levels of players welcome.
— Brews for Boobs: Every Thursday through Oct. 30 at bars in and around Ocean City. A portion of the proceeds from 7-10 p.m. will go toward the American Cancer Society.
Oct. 2 at De Lazy Lizard Brew Pub on First Street; Oct. 9 at Tall Tales Brewing Company in Parsonsburg; Oct. 16 at 3rd Wave Brewing Company in Delmar, Del.; Oct. 23 at OC Brewing Company on 55th Street; and Oct. 30 at Burley Oak Brewing Company in Berlin. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
— “Pamper Yourself for Charity” Raffle: Tickets on sale throughout October at A Perfect Face Day Spa in West Ocean City. Raffle package includes restaurant and retail store gift certificates, spa products, hotel stay, clothing and accessories, candy and wine, and many other items, valued at more than $800. Tickets cost $5 each or six for $25.
For more information or to order tickets by mail call Carol Withers at 410-213-9883. Drawing will be Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the spa.
– Crop Out Cancer: Friday, Nov. 14 at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street. Scrapbooking event from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. A $40 donation to the American Cancer Society gets participants a space to scrapbook and use of tools.
Space fills up so participants should call Susan Childs at 443-235-2926 to register as soon as possible or for more information.