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Take a Bite Out of Cancer

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Michele Harra
Michele Harra
Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Michele Centrella Harra, joined The Cancer Support Community as their Donor Base Coordinator/Community Outreach Liaison in June. Previously, she was a volunteer and a participant in the caregiver support group during her father's long struggle with a brain tumor. Her goal is to spread awareness about the support that is available during trying times and how beneficial it can be to have an outlet.

Cancer – the second leading cause of death in Delaware – touches many lives, leading those afflicted on a path in search of treatment and support. In fact, from the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, you are considered a “survivor.” As you battle the disease, there is always hope – the expectation – you will beat it.

My father fought a courageous battle with brain cancer but died in 2010. Awful as it was to lose a loved one, our family’s experience was filled with great hope and doses of peacefulness, even happiness, because of the tremendous support we received at the Cancer Support Community of Delaware. My father and I attended support groups there on a weekly basis. It was a blessing that my dad could open up to the members of his group when he was too proud to break down to our family. As a member of the caregivers’ group, I was comforted to know that I wasn’t alone and could share my feelings with other people in my situation.

With three locations throughout the state, the Cancer Support Community of Delaware (CSC-DE), formerly the Wellness Community, helps people cope with and manage the emotional aspects of cancer with a variety of programs for adults, teens and children, all at no cost to the participants. Licensed mental health professionals lead all support groups, placing special emphasis on participants’ family and/or caregivers.

In order to spread our mission to a wider audience, CSC-DE has come up with a creative fundraising initiative that promises to impress and delight its patrons:

Partnering for a Purpose ~ Take a Bite Out of Cancer
The first Guest Chefs dining event at Janssen’s Market in Greenville
Thursday, October 2
6 pm to 9 pm

Delaware foodies will love this unique experience. Cocktails on the patio followed by a three-course, farm-to-table style dinner served throughout the entire store. The meal features a starter course prepared and donated by husband and wife team Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman from The House of William and Merry in Hockessin. The main course will be prepared and donated by Dan Butler of Piccolina Toscana in Wilmington, and the dessert course will be prepared and donated by Ryan German from Café Gelato in Newark. Wine pairings for each course will be donated by Bouchaine Vineyards.

The cocktail hour will consist of hors d’oeuvres donated from Janssen’s Market and a large cheese board sponsored by The Pettinaro Family. These delicious appetizers will pair perfectly with Domaine Carneros Sparkling Wine, donated by Southern Wine and Spirits of Delaware, along with beer donated by Twin Lakes Brewery. Representatives from The Wine and Spirit Company of Greenville will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the wines served throughout the evening.

Tickets are $100 each, and 100% of the proceeds from the evening will provide professionally-led support groups and services to people with cancer and their loved ones – at no cost to the participants.

Our goal at CSC-DE is to increase awareness and continue to open our hearts and our doors to people coping with cancer in our community. Our office in New Castle County is located in a historic house with beautiful gardens on Lancaster Pike. CSC-DE also has home-like offices in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Isabella Speakman Timon, who is sponsoring the Chefs’ event through The Curran Foundation, states: “Having an independent support network for families dealing with cancer is so important. I lost both my parents to cancer in the past nine years, and I wish I had known about this wonderful organization. I would love to raise awareness for this terrific resource.” Leslie and Cory Porter as well as Pete and Tina Hayward are also sponsoring this great event for an even better cause.

Please visit our website to learn more about this event and/or to purchase tickets.


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