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16 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012 Cape Gazette O DBCC's Southern Lights of Life fundraiser set Feb. 25 in Dover By Rachel SwickMavity breast cancer, and her own rachel ~capegazette.com mother died at 75 from another form of cancer, after surviving Strolling down the runway breast cancer. with confidence is not just for "I'm alive and grateful we have stick-thin high-fashion models; it modern medicine," saidDeaver. is also for women seeking to in- "It is in their honor that I want to spire others with stories of sur- take part in the fashion show." viral. While trying on outfits at Walking the runway Feb. 25 Jones New York at Tanger Mid- during the Delaware Breast Can- way outlets near Rehoboth cer Coalition's Southern Lights Beach, Deaver said she is having of Life event at Dover Downs the time ofher life - bnt it is not a will be two Sussex County life she takes for granted. women who have not only made "I know I'm living on bor- names for themselves locally; rowed time," Deaver said. "So they have survived breast cancer. I'm going to do everything I can Joan Deaver, Sussex County to help people, because I've been councilwoman, is a breast cancer given a gift." survivor of 13 years, while After her diagnosis 13 years Re/Max real estate agent Pat ago, Deaver completely changed Campbell-White is a survivor of her diet, opting for healthy foods six years, and nixing the jelly beans that used to keep her going. U KNOW I'M LIVING ON She went through chemother- BORROWED TIME. SO i'M . apy and was able to take Tamox- ifen, which is known as a five- GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I year drug. She remembers her CAN TO HELP PEOPLE, husband driving her to her sup- BECAUSE I'VE'BEEN GIVEN A port group at Beebe Medical Center, sitting in the passenger GIFT. seat bald-headed and applying lipstick. -JOAN DEAVER "Cars passing us probably thought it was a man putting lip- The purpose of the event is to stick on," Deaver said with a spread awareness while building laugh. positive energy. Models each Her humor and the support of have an inspiring story of sur- her husband and other breast vival, and all intend to spread cancer survivors were what got messages of hope. her through even the worst days, Deaver recalls watching as her she said: father's mother and her own "It takes.courage," Deaver said. mother went through breast can- urge anyone going through it cer without modern medicine, to speak up. If something feels Her grandmother died at-54 from wrong - speak up. There are RACHEL SWICK MAVITY PHOTO SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT OUTFIT are (I-r) Rita Clark, Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition volunteer; Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver; and Cheryl Doucette, the coalition's program manager for outreach in Sussex County, drugs that can help you/You don't have to suffer so much any- more." Before cancer, Deaver said, she was scared of a lot of things. But now that she has gone through breast cancer and survived, she has less fear "It changes your outlook,'" Deaver said. "You better be scared of cancer, but other things don't scare me anymore.'" Re/Max agent Pat Campbell- White remembers setting up a Sussex County support group for women in 2004. Two years later, in 2006, she was diagnosed with breast can- cer. She had a lumpectomy and then four months of chemothera- py and seven Weeks of radiation. "Because of the type of cancer I had, I was at high risk for reoc- currence within two years, and I was not a candidate for the five- year pills because of hormone re- ceptors," Camp- bell-White said. "I continued to work and was surrounded by a very support- ive staff and family." For Camp- bell-White, one ~at Cam pbelI-White of the most im- portant services of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is its mentor program. Newly diagnosed patients are paired with breast cancer sur- vivors for support. Campbell-White has mentored several women and has found it cathartic. Both Deaver and Campbell- White say it is important to seek support. Groups and ,programs are available in the Cape Region to give hope and information to those with breast cancer. "The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition does a tremendous job using the money raised here to support women here," Camp- bell-White said. "No woman in Delaware will be denied health services for breast cancer, be- cause of the coalition." This is the ninth year for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coali- tion's Southern Lights of Life event, It is sold out, with a waiting list for those hoping to attend, said Cheryl Doucette, coalition pro- gram manager for outreach in Sussex County. The event includes dinner, live and silent auctions, the fashion show and more. For more information, visit www.debreastcancer.org/SLOL Del Tech Owens Campus offers fitness programs-starting March 1 days beginning March 1. bring an exercise mat and Pilates Get moving with Horseback Riding, Beginner is band. Sessions will be held from spring classes available to people age 15 and 6to 7p.m. on Wednesdays begin- older. Participants learn the ba- ning March 7. sics of safety, stable management TAPercise, a dance/exercise Delaware Tech Owens is look- and equestrian skills. Horse and class, is designed for beginners ing to get people moving this tack equipment will be provided, to provide exercise and fun. Tap spring with a variety of different Wear pants and shoes or boots shoes are not required. Sessions fitness classes and programs, with at least a half-inch heel. Pro- will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on from different types of dancing gram is held at Singletree Stables Wednesdays beginning March to the newest and most innova- indoor riding ring in Seaford. 14. tire cardio and fitness programs. The four one-hour sessions will Yoga releases tension and There should be no excuses for be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on stress through a series ofmedita- anyone to avoid getting in shape. Wednesdays beginning March 7. tion, breathing and stretching ex- Zumba, the newest cardio Pilates is an exercise which re- ercises. No experience is re- craze, combines dance withex- duces stress hnd builds core quire& as the instructor adapts ercise, fusing hypnotic Latin strength. It also improves muscle the class to fit needs and skill lev- rhythms and easy-to-follow tone, balance, posture and flexi- els. Particfpants should bring a moves. Sessions will be held bility with a workout that is im- mat and a yoga strap. Sessions from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thurs- pact free. Participants should will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mondays beginning March 19. Line Dancing, Intermediate, Combines great music and fun steps. Make sure to wear com- fortable shoes. Sessions will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning March 22. Tai Chi, Level I combines the use of the mind, body and spirit into graceful and slow move- ments. The yang short form will be used. Sessions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. onTuesdays be, ginning March 27. Tai Chi, Level II is a continua- tion of Tai Chi Level I. Two ses- sions of level I is a requirement. Level oII sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays be- ginning March 27. Belly Dance can be an energiz- ing workout that's also informa- tive about the Middle Eastern culture and a fun way to connect with others. All levels are wel- come to join this program. Par- ticipants will learn technique, choreography, performances, costumes and music. Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m on Thursdays beginning March 29. For more information or to register, call Corporate and Com- munity Programs at 302-854- 6966.