Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute

Who We Are

The Friends of the  Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute was founded by Mrs. Carroll M. Carpenter, chair of Trustees for Christiana Care Health System and a well-known advocate of causes related to women’s health in the Delaware community. She modeled the Friends group after the successful Society of Sloan Kettering group in New York, with whom she was also affiliated. To date, the Friends have raised more than $2 million dollars to benefit cancer patients and their families. There are more than 40 people in the general committee, who previously supported Celebration of Hope and An Evening in Monte Carlo through financial contributions, ticket sales, personal attendance and encouragement to their friends about their signature event.

Our Mission

Founded in 2002, the Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute is a volunteer organization working in cooperation with the clinical staff of the Graham Cancer Center to help fund programs that enhance the patient care experience, support cancer research, and provide public education on prevention, early detection and treatment of cancer. For more information about joining the Friends or supporting their mission, call 302-327-3305 or email:

Friends of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute

2019 Co-chairs:
Rosemary C. Brooks Diane M. du Pont Lois S. Galinat
Elisa K. Morris Toni Nash Dana Nestor
Katie O’Dell
2019 General Committee Members:
Sissy Dent Aerenson Kim Alberta Nancy A. Brooks
Barbara Burd Alexandra Caulfield Meena Caulfield
Debbie Cuoco Tracy Crowley Christine A. du Pont
Amit Dua Christy E. Fleming Amanda J. Friz
Kimberly Ginsberg Tori Gravuer Stephanie Gropp
Ashley W. Harris Magdalena Keenan Marcia Kimmel
Andrea Pedicone Larson Karen Kimmel Legum Olga O. Maloney
Carla J. Markell Anne Martelli Elizabeth H. Mellon
Elizabeth E. Moore Janice E. Nevin, M.D., M.P.H Cathy Petrelli
Tara M. Quinn Maureen C. Rhodes Mitzi Rohrbacher
Deborah K. Ross Carol Rothschild Heide Rowan
Penny T. Saridakis Victoria M. Smith Samantha Spruance
Ilicia Strasser Lisa Vague Sylvester Janie Truitt
Dennis Voorheis Kathryn Walker Carrie S. Wedo
Cindy P. Wilkinson Katherine K. Wilkinson Ashley Wilks
Cristen Wooleyhan