Cancer Organizations Join to Form Sussex County Survivorship Coalition: Strength in Numbers

As the number of people who survive cancer grows, so does the need for survival support and understanding. Cancer has become a chronic disease, with more than 12 million survivors across the nation. Many are living in and moving to Sussex County.

The Sussex County Survivorship Coalition was formed in July 2011 to coordinate the efforts of the variety of local organizations that traditionally have reached out to cancer survivors.

“The idea was that the organizations could schedule their own efforts to address the needs of people living beyond cancer, while at the same time supporting the efforts of the other organizations,” says Judith Ramirez, EdD, Manager of Psychosocial Services and Outreach at Tunnell Cancer Center.

The Coalition has grown and now includes: Tunnell Cancer Center of Beebe Medical Center; Nanticoke Cancer Care Center of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital; Cancer Support Community- Delaware (Formerly The Wellness Community Delaware); Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition; American Cancer Society; Leukemia- Lymphoma Society; Cancer Care Connection; and Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Philadelphia Affiliate.

This group strives to create a general access calendar available for survivors to include program and support projects at a glance. This will eliminate duplication of services and familiarize survivors with all programs that are available in the county to help them on their journey.

The first initiative the coalition has launched is to assess what cancer survivors want and need beyond medical treatment. To obtain survivor opinion, the coalition has created a survey form, which is available both online and from organization members. Cancer survivors are encouraged to participate in this very important effort. Here is a link to the survey:

Also, if other cancer support organizations are interested in attending these meetings, please contact Jo Allegro, Director of Cancer Support Community- Sussex, at (302) 645-9150, for the date, time and place of the next meeting.

Members of the Sussex County Survivorship Coalition are:

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community medical center with a mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health with the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us online at .

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital was originally incorporated in 1945 by a group of citizens concerned by the lack of health care facilities in western Sussex County, Delaware. What started as a 32- bed hospital has grown to include extended care, business, services, outpatient services, medical centers across Sussex County, and a host of preventative medicine and health education programs. Each part of Nanticoke health services work together to focus on fulfilling their mission statement:” We exist to positively impact our communities’ quality of life through improved health status.” For more information, visit their web-site at

The Cancer Support Community, formerly The Wellness Community- DE, is part of a national nonprofit organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. At the Cancer Support Community Delaware, all programs are free of charge. More information about the Cancer Support Community is available on their website at

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition aims to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer becomes a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope. DBCC’s Peer Mentor Support program provides free one-on- one support and education to those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. For information, visit their web-site at
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. For further cancer information, please call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit the web-site at

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

Cancer Care Connection, a non- profit organization, helps people make well- informed decisions through professional coaching, personalized information and resources connections .We invite you to call our toll- free number at 866-266- 7008 or visit our web-site at

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Philadelphia Affiliate has a mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures.