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Group donates $2,500 to Women Supporting Women

By Kara Hallissey | Nov 09, 2017
Courtesy of: Janelle Mulholland The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity recently donated $2,500 to Women Supporting Women, a local nonprofit organization that provides awareness, education and support for those affected by breast cancer.

(Nov. 10, 2017) The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore charity donated $2,500 to Women Supporting Women, a local nonprofit organization that provides awareness, education and support for those affected by breast cancer.

The money will specifically fund compression sleeves for breast cancer patients, which can cost up to $100 and many insurance companies do not cover.

“Lymphedema is the accumulation of fluid due to a compromise in the lymphatic system,” said Sally Hawkins, an occupational therapist at Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Berlin. “Lymph nodes in the armpit are often removed or impacted by surgical intervention and/or radiation therapy. This in turn impedes upon proper lymphatic drainage resulting in possibly developing swelling in the arm. Individuals are recommended to wear compression sleeves for edema management.”

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore organization held its third and final meeting on Oct. 17 at Sisters in Berlin. More than 20 members heard presentations about Assateague Island Alliance, Meals on Wheels and Women Supporting Women.

“I love the concept of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore and how the organization supports local charities,” Hawkins said. “My goal was to see if we could provide funding to Women Supporting Women. My hope was to be able to tell patients that despite insurance denial for a compression sleeve, we on the shore have funding for you thanks to 100+ Women.”

The local nonprofit serves the entire Delmarva Peninsula, helping women battling breast cancer.

“Women Supporting Women was nominated by one of our members, Sally Hawkins,” said Janelle Mulholland, co-founder of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore, with Susanna Eisenman and Anna Newton. “Sally specializes in breast cancer recovery and lymphedema and restoring functional mobility in the upper extremity. The money we raised was specifically for compression sleeves, which cancer patient need after breast surgery during physical therapy.”

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members directly contribute $100 to three different charities each year. During the hour-long meetings, each woman in attendance fills out a nomination form with their favorite nonprofit charity from Worcester, Wicomico or Somerset counties. The submissions go into a basket and three potential winners are picked.

“Those three women present their nominations by telling the group about why they are passionate about their charity and what great work the charity does for the community,” Mulholland said.

After presentations, each member votes for their favorite and the charity with the most votes receives checks from all 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members.

“Charities can be nominated over and over again,” Mulholland said. “But once a charity has been chosen, it cannot be nominated again for one year. Charities must be 501(c)(3). The money must also stay on the shore to help our residents in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties.”

Members directly contribute $100 to three different charities each year. All donations are tax deductible.

The nonprofit organization, 100+ Women Who Care, began in Michigan more than a decade ago. Currently, there are more than 400 active chapters across the world.

“I first heard of the organization while visiting my mother in Iowa,” Mulholland said. “Her friends started their own chapter and I loved the idea of a group of women getting together and discussing charities in their community and then writing checks to the chosen local charity.”

The organization held its first meeting in February where members donated $3,900 to the Stephen Decatur High School Band Boosters to help replace 29-year-old uniforms. During their second meeting in May, members contributed $3,400 to the CRICKET Center, a child advocacy center in Berlin.

The 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore members have scheduled their 2018 meetings for Jan. 23, April 24 and Oct. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Ocean City Bottle Shop on Route 50.

“All Tuesday evenings,” Mulholland said. “We are going to try and change it up every year and are starting a little later for those who are coming from work.”

For more information or to become a member, email Mulholland at mjmulholland@mchsi.com or visit www.facebook.com/100womenwhocareontheshore.

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