DCI Teams Raise Thousands for Breast and Blood Cancers

October 24, 2016
By: Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI

Michael Spiritos, MD, captained team Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh at Making Strides-Raleigh. DCI was local presenting sponsor.

For a third year DCI teamed up with the American Cancer Society to serve as local presenting sponsor at the charity’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held in Raleigh on Oct. 15. In its 10th year, the Breast Cancer Awareness Month-event attracted more than 1700 participants and to date has raised nearly $143,000 to support the fight against breast cancer.

Team Renacer, led by DCI patient navigator Xiomora Boyce (center), has raised $1,500 to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer- Raleigh, NC.

Team Renacer, led by DCI patient navigator Xiomora Boyce (center), has raised $1,500 to support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer- Raleigh, NC.Duke Cancer Institute, together with its seven fundraising teams—made up of more than 60 DCI staff, patients, survivors and supporters — raised more than $5,000 to help power investment in breast cancer research.

Participants warmed up and rocked out to the original music of Duke Raleigh Hospital ICU nurse Daniel Nickels and his band, whose “Album for a Cure” campaign has raised more than $2,000 to benefit the lab of Donald McDonnell, MD, and breakthrough breast cancer research. The campaign runs through Nov. 15. For a donation of $10 and more, donors will receive the album. For more information, visit Album For A Cure.

As part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month, 3,000 participants stepped out and raised nearly $700,000 on Oct. 22 for the Triangle Light the Night Walk, a fundraising event hosted by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of North Carolina at the Koka Booth Ampitheatre in Cary.

Mariam, Martha and Melanie (right) of DCI’s Blood Marrow transplant program get their glam on at Light the Night.This year Duke Cancer Institute teamed up to sponsor a Glam Station featuring spa-like activities hosted by the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program (DCPSP) including free “fairy hair” styling, scarf tying, face painting, plus make-overs courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue. The station included a photo-booth, where visitors could don wacky hats, glasses and boas.

Duke Cancer Institute Light the Night teams, made up of more than 60 DCI staff, patients, survivors and supporters, have raised $11,284 and counting — much-needed funds that will help support blood cancer research and treatments that save lives.

There’s still time to support the Duke Cancer Institute Light the Night and Making Strides teams.  CLICK HERE to donate to Light the Night and CLICK HERE to donate to Making Strides. CLICK HERE to donate to Dr. Kelly Marcom’s Real Men Wear Pink, an American Cancer Society campaign supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

DCI’s Light the Night fundraising team and their families


Circle photo caption: Robert Steen, MCL survivor, pictured with his wife Carol. He credits a stem-cell transplant 4.5 years with saving his life.