Under clear skies and a slight breeze, Cancer Support Community Delaware hosted its 10th annual Wings of Hope event Aug. 1 on the lawn in front of the Tunnell Cancer Center in Lewes. Roughly 100 people attended the butterfly release, which had been postponed from early June due to COVID-19.
Cancer Support Community Delaware Executive Director Nicole Pickles said the past few months had been a challenge for the organization, but because of the adjusting to virtual programs more people had been reached than ever before. She said 3,300 people have participated in organization support groups this year, 700 of them in Sussex County.
Michelle Mallon, Cancer Support Community Delaware special event coordinator, said the past few months had only strengthened the resolve of the organization.
“We’re here for each other. No matter the circumstances. No matter the struggle,” she said.
In a follow-up email Aug. 2, Mallon said 140 live butterflies, 60 seeded butterflies and 75 butterfly masks were sold. She said the final figures are still being tallied, but estimated the event raised roughly $15,000.
For more information on Wings for Hope and Cancer Support Community Delaware, go to cancersupportdelaware.org.