Runway of Hope Benefits Cancer Survivorship Program

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At Bayhealth, providers and staff do more than treat a patient’s cancer; they give hope, support and encouragement to cancer survivors long after treatment is complete. The annual Runway of Hope fundraiser supports the Bayhealth Cancer Survivorship Program in its mission to help cancer survivors enjoy full and productive lives following treatment.

The sixth annual Runway of Hope event will be held Friday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Baywood Greens in Long Neck, Delaware. In previous years, the event was successfully held at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club; however, as the Runway of Hope fundraiser continues to grow, a venue change was necessary to accommodate increases in event attendance and participation.

“Each year, proceeds from Runway of Hope provide comprehensive, individualized care and support to more than 150 cancer survivors”, said JoEllen Workman, RN, MSN/MHSA, manager of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute. Such services include consultations with cancer nurse navigators, professionals who work in collaboration with oncologists to meet the unique needs of cancer survivors. “The Bayhealth Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program continues to grow, year after year, with the support of the Runway of Hope fundraiser.”

“The commitment and generosity from the community for this annual event is overwhelming,” said John Shevock, FACHE, FACMPE, senior director of operations, Oncology Service Line and executive director of the Bayhealth Cancer Institute. In 2015, the Runway of Hope event raised more than $60,000 for the Bayhealth Cancer Survivorship Program. “Proceeds from the event directly fund ongoing support services for individuals who are transitioning from the role of cancer patient to one of cancer survivor.”

The Runway of Hope event features Bayhealth’s own “models” – physicians, executives and their families – as well as professional models from the Reinhart Agency of Philadelphia. Fashion show participants model attire from local boutiques, while the silent auction prominently features items and services from local and regional businesses.

Tickets for the event are $100 per person. Included in the ticket price are hors d’oeuvres, a plated lunch, admission to the fashion show and silent auction, and a gift bag. The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 13. For the third year in a row, Runway of Hope will feature the digital silent auction bidding tool, Bid Pal, which allows bidders to begin bidding on silent auction items in advance of the event. Individuals can register today at bayhealthfoundation.org or call 302-744-7015 for more information.

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