Thursday, multiple myeloma (blood cancer) survivor Sharon Clark hosted her 2nd guest bartending event. The event was held at the Clarion Belle Hotel (Augusta Grille) in New Castle. The fundraiser benefited The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Delaware Chapter whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with Blood Cancers, fund research to find a cure and co-pay assistance and support.
Sharon’s diagnosis was in February of 2015. Since, she has undergone chemotherapy treatment and a stems cell transplant. While dealing with this disease, she has become one of the rock star advocates for LLS. She has organized and promoted her own LLS fundraising events to bring awareness and raise money for the cause. She is very passionate about finding a cure and educating people about LLS and her personal testimony. During her journey, she has met other survivors such as Mike Herman and Bill Parker who have attended and help supported her events.
Sharon has a big heart and is loved by many, including her long time friend of over 25 years and guest bartender, Dr. Shane Palmer. Paul Rada, GM Clarion Belle says, “This is our first ever guest bartending event, but when Sharon asked, we couldn’t say no. She is a friend to the Clarion and an Ambassador.” Many political candidates came out to support including Wilmington Mayoral candidate Kevin Kelley, a dear friend to the Clark family and New Castle County candidate Matt Meyer, who has supported all her events.
During Sharon’s welcome speech, she asked of those seeking office, “stop saying how much you care, but to actually show how much by DOING something about the high cancer rate in Delaware.” She also stated that she wishes for all political office seekers to stay involved beyond the election, because her cancer doesn’t go away.
Many attendees were not familiar with LLS before hearing Sharon’s diagnosis story or meeting her in person. Some wondered why her picture wasn’t on the brochure. She has definitely made a difference in the community as she has taken this disease and has truly shown that it may knock her down for a minute, but she gets right back up…Just like Rocky.
What’s next for Sharon…. she is very spiritual and thanks God for everything! She is in remission on a maintenance chemo drug, physical therapy for her constant back pain. Working on re branding as an inspirational/motivational/speaker, a book release 12/16, and a continued community LLS outreach & education volunteer. Says she will be a Lifetime Fundraiser until a cure is found.