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A Wave of Healthy Meals to Nourish Cancer Patients in Sussex County

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - A new nonprofit is making healthy meals for cancer patients and the food is all free. 
 
Non-dairy creamy cauliflower alfredo, rainbow coleslaw, organic pulled pork over sweet potato, and non-dairy pecan pie bars are some of the dishes volunteers with A Wave of Healthy Meals are making to nourish the bodies of cancer patients in Sussex County. 

"Loading your plate with vegetables and fruits and healthy fats and proteins is the way to go when you're sick and your immune system is so low," says Denise Vansant, who founded the nonprofit. 

Vansant and a team of volunteers now dedicate their Wednesdays to sending a wave of healthy meals to cancer patients of all stages and treatment levels. Each patient receives three entrees, three sides, salad, and a healthy dessert. 

Volunteers get up bright and early to prepare the meals at the Dewey Beach Lions Club and then "Delivery Angels" pick them up and personally serve them to the patients. 

"They're too tired and too sick very often to feed theirselves," says Becky Carney. "Some days they may like you to stay and chat and keep them company, cheer them up, and other days they may just need to rest."

The Delivery Angels aren't just dropping off the food. On their "compassion visits," they're sitting down with the patients to share their stories in a journal. Many of the volunteers are either cancer survivors or know someone who has been diagnosed.

Vansant was inspired to form this organization after watching both friends and family battle the disease. "Cancer runs in my family and people very close to me in Sussex County have been diagnosed," Vansant says. "One of them was a teacher of my son's, who became a dear friend of mine. We delivered food to her and she said how much it helped her."

A Wave of Realty Meals runs in 8 week sessions. The first one ends on July 31st, but two more are scheduled to run through mid-December. The nonprofit is looking for more patients to feed and more volunteers to help. Click here to sign up. 
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