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Hundreds of people participate in Ocean City’s seventh annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K run and walk on the Boardwalk last October. 

(Sept. 28, 2018) Ocean City’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer chapter will offer a variety of events for the annual Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series to raises breast cancer awareness and money for the American Cancer Society during October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“It is terrific that over the years the Pink Ribbon committee has added and updated events that engage a broad segment of the community,” said Mary Bellis, senior community development manager, Northeast Region, American Cancer Society Inc. “Breast cancer affects so many that it only makes sense that those concerned about finding the cures for this disease would have a variety of interests.”

This year’s Classic at the Beach Series includes a ladies-only fishing tournament; card game and party; mah-jongg and golf tournaments; Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk and run; pickleball round robin and clinic; and the Pamper Yourself For Charity Raffle.

With an assortment of activities, there is something for everyone.

“By design, the committee works to engage this cross section of the community,” Bellis said. “We are particularly excited about the new pickleball round robin/clinic that has been added this year. This is a sport with a growing audience and we are happy to offer an activity for those that play as well as for those that would like to learn to play.”

Bellis said the ongoing success of the Pink Ribbon Classic events is the result of the outstanding members of the Pink Ribbon committee, local business partners and community members.

“The committee, many of whom have been working for this cause for over two decades, bring creativity, enthusiasm and long-term dedication to these events each year,” she said. “The local businesses that produce some of these wonderful activities such as the Harman family with Fish Tales and Bahia Marina for the Poor Girls Open and A Perfect Face with the Pamper For Charity Raffle have made long-term commitments to this cause.

“Our business partners that host committee events such as Lighthouse Sound – the Card and Game Party, Ocean City Golf Course – the Pink Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament, Golden Sands Resort – the Mah-Jongg Party, the Ocean Pines Pickleball Club – the new Round Robin and Clinic, and of course the Town of Ocean City – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Run/Walk on the Boardwalk are all essential to the success we have each year,” she added. “We also depend on the sponsorships from local businesses and of course the participation of the teams of walkers, runners and survivors that raise funds and come out to the Boardwalk to celebrate each October [for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Run/Walk].”

The first event of the 2018 Classic Series was the 25th annual Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, held Aug. 16-18.

A total of 725 lady anglers fished on 149 boats and a record $229,565 – an increase of about $6,600 from 2017 – was paid out to tournament winners.

But probably the most important number was the amount donated to the American Cancer Society. Event organizers presented a check for $130,000 to representatives of the cancer organization during the tournament awards banquet at Harrison’s Harbor Watch, at the inlet, in Ocean City.

The mantra for the 25th annual Open was “March to a Million” and the goal was accomplished. Since 2005 the total donated to the American Cancer Society by the Harman family through the tournament and other events has reached $1,000,060, according to Shawn Harman, owner of Fish Tales and Bahia Marina and co-director of the tournament.

“There was never any doubt that the ‘March to a Million’ would be exceeded,” Bellis said after the tournament. “The funds donated will support the American Cancer Society breast cancer programs. This includes funding research, providing programs and services for breast cancer patients and their caregivers, community education about prevention, screening and early detection.”

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Most of the events take place in October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In 2017, $255,000 was raised through the Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series. The goal this year is $289,000, Bellis said.

The Pink Ribbon Classic Series was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers. Since its inception, the series has raised about $3.4 million for breast cancer research, awareness, programs and services.

Some of the local programs and services available in this area include free wigs for patients; Road to Recovery, which connects local drivers with patients to transport them to and from treatment; and the Look Good Feel Better program available at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, which teaches patients how to cope with the cosmetic side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

There is also the Hope Lodge, which provides lodging during treatment; Cancer Survivors Network available at, a 24-hour-a-day cancer information center; and 1-800-227-2345 for patients to access ACS services.

In addition, resources for caregivers, information on screening and prevention, and referral to local, regional and national outlets is available.

This year, 5,940 women in Maryland will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Across the country, that number rises to 266,120, and an estimated 40,920 will die from the disease, according to the ACS.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society, visit or call 1-800-227-2345. Visit for more information. Find the chapter on Facebook at or at the Twitter handle @OCMDStrides.

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