Perdue Grants Award to DE Breast Cancer Coalition

Dr. Roger Merrill, Chief Medical Officer at Perdue; Joyce Williams, Perdue Wellness Center Supervisor; Melany Sammons, Program Director of Women’s Mobile Health Screening; Amy Norgate, DBCC Board Member; Dean Walston, Director of Operations at Perdue; Bill Hetherington, Executive Director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation; Debbie McCall, Perdue HIP Specialist; and Vicky Cooke, Executive Director of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition.

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$5,000 grant will help fund outreach, education and support services

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. has been on the front line raising awareness of breast cancer issues in the First State for the past 20 years. On Friday, Oct. 7, the agency received a gift to help further its mission in the form of a $5,000 grant from Perdue, through the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

“The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is very appreciative to be chosen as a recipient of the Perdue Foundation grant, especially as we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October,” said Vicky Cooke, the agency’s executive director. “Grants like this one allow DBCC to provide services to those who are underserved and provide educational and outreach programs to the community free of charge in order to foster the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.”

The grant was presented during a midday ceremony at Perdue’s processing plant in Milford amid the backdrop of the Women’s Mobile Health Screening (WMHS) Van and Perdue’s onsite Wellness Center, where associates have access to quality, affordable health care. The unit was there to provide screening mammograms to Perdue associates.

“We admire the wonderful work and positive difference the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition makes through its outreach and educational programs,” said Dean Walston, director of Perdue’s Milford operation, in presenting the grant. “Having the mobile unit onsite gives our associates convenient access to mammography screening and they can do this without losing time away from work.”

“Early detection is one of the most vital issues in fighting breast cancer,” said Dr. Roger Merrill, chief medical officer at Perdue. “At Perdue, we educate associates on early detection of breast cancer through self examinations and intervention awareness programs through our network of onsite health care professionals. Breast cancer is one of the most frequently diagnosed cancers and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in Delaware, but thanks to the commitment to early detection, screening and education programs provided by organizations like the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, the survival rate is improving.”

Bill Hetherington, executive director of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, said, “We’re pleased to present this grant on behalf of Perdue to support the good work of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. The resources of the Foundation enable us to continue to have a positive impact in the communities where Perdue associates live and work, and we’re proud to partner with the agency on such an important cause.”