Currently in the United States there are more than 15.5 million cancer survivors, with that number growing to more than 20 million survivors by 2026 due to improved treatments and early detection.
At its recent meeting, County Council presented a resolution to recognize cancer awareness and to commend the efforts of Girls’ Night Out, an organization that donates proceeds to women who are not able to afford treatment.
During the meeting Councilman Dave White commended the Girls’ Night Out committee and noted that he personally has been impacted by cancer, with three of his relatives being breast cancer survivors.
Girls’ Night Out, founded by a Delaware County business woman 19 years ago with the goal to provide financial assistance and relief to women with cancer, initially focused on breast cancer awareness. Its efforts and focus has expanded over time to provide support and financial assistance to any woman in the county diagnosed with any type of cancer.
Each year, the Girls’ Night Out Fashion Show Benefit brings together hundreds of women for an evening of fun, fashion and food. Featuring fashions by Bedazzled Boutique in Newtown Square and guest model Cecily Tynan from 6ABC, this year’s event was sold out – with 650 women in attendance at the Springfield County Club.
Over $500,000 has been raised since the event’s inception in 1999 to enable life-saving tests, treatments and support. Proceeds are managed through the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation.
“We commend this outstanding group of women who volunteer their time to coordinate this great event each year that supports our residents with cancer,” said White. “Funds raised stay in the community, helping women with cancer focus on getting well and the financial impact of having cancer often causes additional stress and limits options. One hundred percent of the proceeds are used to pay for treatments not covered by insurance or to provide basic life needs, such as rent, food and transportation to treatments.”
For the past five years the event has continued to grow and has been coordinated by co-chairs Marie DeStefano and Anne Steenberg.
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