BELMAR — Belmar resident Claire Deicke founded Belmar Cares in 2008, a cancer support group, after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. She says the group of about 14 women, all breast cancer survivors, have formed a strong bond, which she considers almost like a sisterhood.
Mrs. Deicke says the women get their strength from helping other women like themselves.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, the women sold popcorn, water, candy and snacks at $1 each on the boardwalk on 7th Avenue by the big screen during Belmar’s movie night on the beach.
The Borough of Belmar allows charitable and civic organizations the opportunity to sell popcorn during movie nights the beach, in order to raise money for their cause. Belmar Cares held their first fundraiser on Saturday, July 1, which brought in a total of $600.
Belmar Cares’ second fundraiser brought in $205, likely due to the not-so- great weather, said Mrs. Deicke.
She says nevertheless, the total amount the group was able to raise is wonderful.
“Come the holidays, we give $500 to Mary’s Place and $500 to another group called Breast Intentions,” Mrs. Deicke said. “We have fun when we do it, because we talk to people on the boardwalk, and they ask us what we’re doing. People buy items, but they donate as well.”
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