Region 2 Joins the Fight Against Breast Cancer
Cancer is a word that can immediately strike fear in many people. But when the disease recently hit close to home for staff and residents in Region 2, they didn’t back down, but rather began looking for ways to help, to give back and to join the fight during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Hakim Ellis, operations manager at Connecticut Avenue and Oak Drive homes in Region 2, said when staff and residents found out a person supported at one of Monarch’s homes in Hamlet is currently battling cancer, and several of their staff and residents have been affected by the disease, “they took to the streets to show our support.” Ellis said residents and staff engaged in a campaign by mailing get well cards to fellow Monarch residents and staff who are currently living with cancer or those who are cancer survivors.
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this provided another opportunity for staff to explain the importance of early detection of breast cancer, as well as work with residents to brainstorm ways to give back to the community.
Beth Perkins, program manager at Pence Place, a home in Richmond County, said, “We spoke to the kids and they wanted to make personalized tee shirts for themselves and a card for those who have been impacted by cancer.”
Every Monarch site in Moore country created and sent cards to a Monarch resident affected by cancer, and Region 2 also partnered with Monarch’s Creative Arts and Community Center (MCACC) and Hoke Vocational Services in Region 4 to throw a party for this resident.
Last month, staff and residents also participated in “Pink Friday,” donning pink shirts every Friday in a show of solidarity for those fighting or affected by breast cancer. Other residents got involved and attended their area’s Relay for Life, a community fundraising event to help raise awareness and support in the fight against cancer, at Pinecrest High School in Moore County. They are planning to attend a Relay for Life candlelight vigil in the coming weeks.
Region 2 also participated in Leukemia Awareness Month in September by making ribbon pendants to hand out to people who attend MCACC as a visible way to show awareness and support for the disease.
Ellis said that these are just some of the ways “we are teaching and including the residents to become actively involved with community projects.”
Photo ID and Caption: Delany Anderson and Wanda Dockery, who are supported by Monarch, hold cards they made during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.