Nags Head, NC – Much care is now provided at home by family members. In fact, families provide about 80% of home-care services.

Recognizing that caring for patients extends far beyond a hospital stay, The Outer Banks Hospital approached the Dominion Foundation for a grant to underwrite the costs of an afternoon celebration for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

“Since cancer care is time consuming and the financial cost often high, this may be a singular opportunity for families to enjoy a social outing, a day set apart from the business of cancer,” said Michael Thompson, Manager of State & Local Affairs for Dominion North Carolina Power. “The presence of longtime survivors will also be a source of hope for those newly diagnosed.”

Betse Kelly, MSW and Program Manager of the hospital’s Cancer Resource Center since 2008, has worked with hundreds of cancer patients and their families. “When people are told that they have cancer their world changes. They begin a journey that brings significant physical, financial, emotional and spiritual challenges,” she said. “The person who has cancer is not the only one whose life and world changes. Life changes as well for the people who care for them.”

In partnership with the Dominion Foundation, the hospital and the Cancer Resource Center will invite cancer survivors and their caregivers to an afternoon celebration at The Elizabethan Gardens on September 18, 2011. The Gardens offer a tranquil setting where participants may enjoy the beauty of nature and the camaraderie of others who are on a similar journey.

“For cancer survivors, this event provides a special opportunity to take the focus off of their cancer and show gratitude to the tireless caregivers in their lives,” added Amy Montgomery, Director of Community Outreach at the Outer Banks Hospital. “So many cancer patients tell us that they want to thank their caregivers and put the spotlight on them. If even just for a few hours, this event will give cancer survivors the gift of saying thank you in a very special way.”

For more information about the afternoon of caring, call the Cancer Resource Center at 449-7350.

About The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council

The Outer Banks Hospital Development Council is a affiliate of the University Health Systems Foundation in Greenville. The mission of the Council is to develop relationships and secure financial resources to support the health and wellness services of The Outer Banks Hospital. Council members have raised funds to underwrite the costs of projects and programs from the opening a Cancer Resource Center located in the Medical Office Building adjacent to the hospital to purchasing technology and equipment for the identification and treatment of cancer and other diseases.