In 2005, when the Outer Banks Hospital’s Development Council announced a project to raise funds for a Cancer Resource Center, The East Carolina Bank stepped up to the plate with a 5-year $25,000 pledge. The bank’s lead gift kicked off a record-setting pace of generous giving, culminating with the Center’s opening earlier this year.

“With cancer the leading cause of death in Dare County, the Bank recognized that there is a significant need for this service in the community,” said Skipper Hines, Senior Vice President and Outer Banks Regional Manager at ECB. “The East Carolina Bank has been recognized nationally as being one of the top philanthropic institutions for its size. We are proud to be a part of this endeavor,” he added.

The hospital’s Cancer Resource Center is dedicated to helping patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment and cope with the disease. The Center also offers support for friends and family members. In addition, the Center’s mission focuses on educating the community about cancer and promoting early detection and treatment.

The services of social worker Betse Kelly, who staffs the Center, are available at no charge to assist patients and their families and friends as they navigate the system. “Basically, I’m here to help, anyway that I can,” said Kelly. “I encourage people to call me at the Center, 449-7350 or email me at cancerinfo@theobh.com. Sometimes connecting with the right person, whether it’s a social worker, physician, support group or other cancer survivor, can make all the difference.”