Debbie Minford Dailey turned a cancer diagnosis into a mission to help other women.
In January 2009, Debbie Minford Dailey, a second-grade teacher at Doylestown’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, was diagnosed with Stage 1 HER2-positive breast cancer, an aggressive form of the disease.
She had underwent a lumpectomy that February, and spent her 50th birthday receiving chemotherapy at Doylestown Health’s Cancer Institute.
“I said to my husband, “If everything goes well, next year I want to have a party,’ ” recalls Debbie. “But I didn’t need anything; instead, I wanted to have a party to benefit the Cancer Institute.”
This year marked the sixth annual “Double-D” dance and silent auction. Debbie coordinates the popular fundraiser with her family and a handful of friends – including many generous families and colleagues from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the community at large. The event has raised over $100,000 since its inception, and proceeds from the fundraiser support Doylestown Health’s Cancer Institute and its various programs.
After being diagnosed, Debbie surveyed her area treatment prospects and concluded that the best overall plan would be found right in her backyard at Doylestown Health’s Breast Center.
“I felt so fortunate to receive such quality care close to home,” says Dailey, fully recovered and cancer-free since 2010.
Citing her own cancer experience, Debbie wants to help other breast cancer patients who incur expenses not otherwise covered by insurance, or those who seek additional therapies and holistic support.
“It’s my passion and my purpose to be able to make a difference in the life of another woman who is undergoing what I went through,” Debbie says.
For Debbie, drawing on her own experiences to make a difference in the lives of others is immeasurably rewarding. “There is nothing pretty about cancer,” she says. “Going through it is hard. You can’t change it, but through this horrible thing, you can create something positive.”
Article featured in the Doylestown Health Foundation 2015 Donor Report
As the philanthropic arm of Doylestown Health, the Doylestown Health Foundation raises funds to safeguard the future of excellence in patient care and improves the quality of life for all members of our Central Bucks County community and beyond.
The Hands of Medicine
Read The Morel Family Foundation's Story
Read Jean and Norm Leister's Story
Investing in Our Future
Read the One Vision Story
Gratitude for Outstanding Care
Read a Grateful Surgeon's Story
A Gift that Pays Dividends
Read John's Story
Designing Healthy Communities
Read the VIA's Story
A Grateful Gentleman
Read Bob's Story
Giving Goes Full Circle
Read Stephen's Story
Partners in Philanthropy
Read Jeanne and John's Story
Paying in Forward
Read Bill and Mary Lee's Story
Generations of Excellent Care
Read Pat and Carol's Story
A Mulligan for Life
Read Steve's Story
A Supermarket of Community Care
Read Joe' Story
Investing in a Winner
Read William's Story
Leaders with Heart
Read Marv and Dee Ann's Story
Pediatric Care, Close to Home
Read Helen's Story
The Ripple Effect of Giving
Read Herman's Story
Beating Breast Cancer and Helping Others
Read Debbie's Story
Honoring a Beloved Spouse
Read Jim's Story
It Takes a Village
Read the Hirschmanns' Story
Invest in the future of healthcare excellence for patients and families in our community.