(Nov.14, 2014) Crop Out Cancer Day will be celebrated at the Clarion Resort hotel on 101st Street today, Nov. 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A $40 donation to the American Cancer Society will provide a space to scrapbook and the use of tools. “Scrapbooking is an awesome way to preserve your memories of lost loves ones to cancer,” said organizer Susan Childs.
There will be a silent auction, door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. The vendors will be providing special donations to the American Cancer Society for door prizes.
If a donation is made, a small token of appreciation will be handed out. Cancer society merchandise will be available for purchase at the event.
The Clarion’s crystal ballroom will be open through Nov. 17 for anyone who wants to put scrapbooks together.
Crop Out Cancer is the final Pink Ribbon Classic Series event for 2014.
In August, the Capt. Steve Harman Poor Girls Open ladies-only tournament kicked off the series, raising $65,000 for the ACS.
Most of the other events took place in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and included a card, game, and mahjong party and luncheon; tennis and golf tournaments; the annual Making Strides 5K Run and Walk on the Boardwalk; a Mah Jongg tourney and a party with live music at Seacrets. Pamper Yourself for Charity Raffle was ongoing throughout October.
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.
To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org or call 1-800-ACS-2345.
Kathy Guerra makes her scrapbook during last year’s
Crop Out Cancer event at the Clarion hotel.
PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN CHILDS