Rays of Hope Highlight Cancer Support Gala

A hopeful, vibrant sunset served as the backdrop to an event last weekend at Greenville Country Club, where victims of cancer and their caregivers, friends and families gathered to celebrate life and all its possibilities.

Saturday’s fete marked one of the greatest turnouts ever at 14th Annual Red Balloon Cocktails for a Cause for the Cancer Support Community of Delaware (CSCDE). Many of the 175 guests sponsored red balloons, which floated from the ceiling inside the club’s living room, to honor or a loved one they lost or may be currently fighting cancer. Each balloon was adorned with a note featuring a personal inscription. 


The event is held each year to raise funds for the support groups, mind/body wellness classes and nutritional programs that are available at no cost to cancer patients, their caregivers and families. CSCDE raised more than $50,000 at the gala.

Attendees were greeted with live music from two talented musicians at Wilmington Strings, and the event featured both live and silent auctions, a wine grab and photobooth. 


Nancy DeCamillis spoke to guests about her experience as a caregiver and the stress that accompanies a cancer diagnosis. She applauded the many ways CSCDE helped alleviate some of that stress for her and her husband, who died two years ago after a battle with stomach cancer. After his passing, DeCamillis started attending CSCDE’s Next Step Bereavement Group and their 6-week series Living With Loss.

“At Cancer Support Community Delaware, we are constantly challenging ourselves to offer the most relevant, important programming we can — all free, I might add — to help alleviate the many stressful and painful effects of cancer,” said Nicole Topkis Pickles, executive director of CSCDE. “Our organization supports anyone touched by cancer every step of the way, from diagnosis to treatment, remission and beyond.”

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Christy Fleming

Christy Fleming

The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.