Cancer organization seeking nominations

WILMINGTON — Hope Abounds, Inc. is currently seeking nominations for its 2016 Champion of Hope Award, which is presented to a person who is professionally employed in a care or support role that provides care or treatment for cancer patients in communities that Hope Abounds is serving and has dedicated themselves to improving the lives of those affected by cancer.

The recipient of this award is someone who has demonstrated compassionate care and has been a source of hope and optimism in the administration of their care or support. This award seeks to identify and recognize a multi-accomplished individual who has enriched the lives of cancer patients and treats patients with extraordinary compassion.

Nominees must meet the following criteria:

— Must be professionally employed in a direct care or related support role to a patient who has received cancer care within the last five years. Nominees must be residing in communities that Hope Abounds is serving.

— Must embody characteristics and qualities of compassionate care, including listening carefully, showing empathy, and installing hope; communicating with sensitivity to patients and loved ones; understanding the significance of patients’ families and communities; and respecting patients’ values, culture, choices, and decisions.

The top three nominees will be selected and honored at the Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball in Wilmington on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Each nominee will receive a complimentary ticket for themselves and one guest for the evening.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is June 30, 2016. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee and three finalists will be selected. All three finalists must attend the 4th annual Diamonds & Champagne Hope Ball, where one nominee will be presented the award.

Online nomination forms can be found by visiting

Hope Abounds is a charitable organization that has dedicated itself to enhancing the life of a female or child cancer patient and their families through support services, support programs, educational opportunities, patient advocacy, and financial assistance, all free of charge.

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