Reprinted from the Island Free Press - April 27, 2016


Cancer Foundation spring dance celebrates the '80s....WITH SLIDE SHOWS


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation (HICF) hosted its 16th annual Spring Dance fundraiser on April 16 at the Marlin Club in Hatteras village.  The dance, themed "'80s Explosion” was a "wild success," according to board members.


"HICF raised $8,000 from a great crowd, generous sponsors and the help of many volunteers," the foundation said in a news release.


The money raised will provide support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.


The Virginia Beach-based band, Vinyl Headlights, performed as “'80s Explosion,” rocking big hair and colorful costumes that represented the decade known for metal bands and wild fashion.  Supporters from all over joined in the themed fun by donning a wide array of '80s fashion and hairstyles.  Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner, silent auction, the “Let’s Take a Selfie" station, and a costume contest.


HICF, an all-volunteer non-profit, hosts several fundraisers throughout the year, including the Big Rock Cookout in June, the Chowder Cook-off at the Day at the Docks event in September, the Fun Run in October, and the Spring Dance each April.


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December 14, 2015



Capital Cities Four Wheelers contribute to Hatteras non-profits



The Capital Cities Four Wheelers, based in Virginia, sponsors a surf-fishing tournament on Hatteras Island on the third weekend in October of each year.  The proceeds from donations and raffles benefit many Hatteras Island non-profit organizations.


This year, the proceeds from the "charity raffle," which totaled $3,450, were donated to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation. In that raffle were a Century rod, donated by Ryan White of Hatteras Jack in Rodanthe, and a reel, donated by Truth Fishing Reels.


The club decided that donations would also be made to the Fessenden Center, Hatteras Village Medical Center, Hatteras Island Meals (Meals on Wheels), and Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (food pantry).  Total donations made from the 2015 Tournament were $6,000.


The club also voted an additional $1,200 in donations to charities in and around the Richmond, Va., area.


"Thanks to all who participated in the 30th annual tournament," the Four Wheelers say.  "It was a great success."























Reprinted from the Island Free Press - October 12, 2015



Pinked-out people run and walk to help

Hatteras cancer patients ...WITH SLIDE SHOW






A sea of people in pink brightened up a gloomy morning in Avon on Saturday, Oct. 10, as 78 island residents and visitors ran, jogged, walked, biked, and pushed strollers in the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's 12th annual Fun Run.


The 80 percent chance of showers forecast by the weathermen held out until later in the day, and the race was run under cloudy and breezy conditions with the temperature at about 70 degrees.


The 5K course began and ended at Sun Realty and took the participants through the streets in Kinnakeet Shores as they moved along to the music on a playlist designed just for the event by Jonah Dixon.


All participants and spectators are urged to wear pink, and they never disappoint. This year the crowd was "pinked-out" to the hilt with every shade of pink you could think of on every possible type of apparel -- pink T-shirts, sweatshirts, shoes, shorts, tights, tutus, hats, and headbands.


Prizes for the most "pinked out" adult went to Connie Meekins, and Paizley Schultz won among the kids.


In the race, Joe Caroppoli took first place in the men's division, and Kaylee Barnett placed first for the women's.  First place for a male under 12 went to Liam Van Druten and for a female under 12, Chloe Flythe took the honors.


Second place winners were Matthew Cartwright for men, Chris Caroppoli for women,  Landon Sonnier for males under 12, and Karlene Ballance for females under 12.


Belton Gray won third in the men's division, and Avery Johnson took third for the women. Laura Hooper placed third in females under 12.


After the main event, the crowd enjoyed barbecue by "Crazy Johnny" Conner as the music played and event organizers drew names for "door" prizes, which were donated by local businesses.


Event organizer Donna Barnett said that this year's Fun Run set a record for the funds raised over -- $10,000 to help Hatteras Island cancer patients with their medical and travel expenses.


The 2015 Fun Run sponsors included:



Cape Hatteras Exxon •  Cape Hatteras Car Wash & Jarvis Towing

Greater Kinnakeet Shores Homeowners •  Mead L. Slagle, DDS



Rocco's Pizza



Sun Realty • Hatteras Realty  •  Outer Beaches Realty  •  Frisco MIni Gold & Go Karts

Cape Hatteras Electric Coop Avon Property Owner's Association  •  Albatross Fleet

Gallop Funeral Home  •  Quarterdeck Restaurant Conner's Supermarket  •  Coastal Animal Clinic

Shore Details  • Sound Construction  •  Island Convenience  •  Ocean Atlantic Rentals



Hatteras Marlin Club  •  Hatteras Harbor Marina •  Seagull Motel  •  Hatteras Wedding Ministries

Dixon & Dixon Law Offices • Happy Belly Ice Cream  •  Cape Hatteras Motel

Risky Business Seafood  •   Blue Pelican Gallery

 Kostich & O'Neal  •  Atlantic Coast Cafe •  Cape Dredging  •  Izabelle's Closet


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Reprinted from the Island Free Press - April 16, 2015



Cancer Foundation's annual dance was

just the 'bee's knees'...WITH SLIDE SHOW





The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation's annual Spring Dance this year was not only the bee's knees, it was the berries.  The Cat's Meow.  And just swell.


About 150 gals and their daddies showed up to enjoy Saturday evening, April 11, in Roaring Twenties style while raising money to help Hatteras Island cancer patients.


Cancer Foundation board members and volunteers remade the Hatteras Civic Center into a scene reminiscent of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.  The joint was decked out with wall hangings that evoked "The Great Gatsby," while tables were covered with shimmering cloths and adorned with candelabras and tall black vases with black and white feathers.


Most of the guests came dolled up for the evening.  Women were dressed in the best flapper styles with straight, short, dropped-waist dresses lots of beads, hats, headbands, and feather boas. These dames were nothing if not really ritzy and swanky.


Their dappers were spiffy, whether in gangster garb or tuxes with ties, vests, hats, or suspenders.


The back, storage room was emptied out and became the speakeasy for the evening, where the guests could enjoy just a little hooch. It was decorated with old whiskey bottles, crates, barrels, and a mural of bottles and glasses as they would appear behind the bar, painted by local artist Trish Dempsey.


Elegant tables in the room were spread with a buffet that included such culinary delights as avocado deviled eggs, fresh tuna salad wraps, Thai-glazed chicken skewers, jerk grilled shrimp, spinach pasta, meatballs and stuffed mushroom, oysters Rockefeller, and Greek roasted pork tenderloin -- all donated by island restaurants or businesses. Desserts were cupcakes from Scratch Made Snackery in Hatteras village, fudge from the Scotch Bonnet, and pound cake bites to dip in chocolate, caramel or whipped cream.


It was, for sure, a copacetic evening that hit on all sixes!


"Thanks to the all those in the community who attended, donated food, money or your time," said Cancer Foundation president, Sydnee Slaughter. "We couldn't do it without you. It takes an island!


(For more information on the Cancer Foundation and how you can help or get help, go to the group's website at And to bone up on the vernacular of the Roaring Twenties, you can go to









Reprinted from the Island Free Press - January 6, 2015



And the Winner is…..Hatteras Island Cancer

Foundation Draws Winner for 1-Week Vacation


On December 31, 2014, the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation wrapped up its raffle for a 1-week stay at Fin City by drawing the lucky winner.  And that winner was Bob Lerner from Edgewater, MD.  The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation has always had the support of everyone here on the Island, but this raffle was designed to generate awareness of this group for those off the Island, those who love the Island or the people who call Hatteras home.


Fin City, an oceanfront home in Frisco, has 4 master bedrooms, all with king sized beds, and is owned by Jon and Kim Wheeler of Virginia Beach, VA.  Jon and Kim donated their home to HICF to raffle off.  Only 300 tickets were available, and HICF was able to raise $5,025 from the sales of these tickets.


291 of the 300 tickets were ultimately sold, with sales coming from 11 different states – North Carolina, DC, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Only 51 of the tickets were sold to people here on Hatteras Island, with a large percent of those sales coming on New Year’s Eve.


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is looking forward to continued support from those here on the Island and is hoping to continue to make others aware of their organization and its efforts to provide support for cancer patients and their families who live on Hatteras Island.


Stay tuned, you never know what we may raffle off next!!




Reprinted from the Island Free Press - October 13, 2014



Cancer Foundation Fun Run is a day of celebration





The 11th Annual Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation Fun Run was held on Saturday, and the survivors won.


First across the finish line for the men was Keith Gray at a little more than 18 minutes. Evan O’Connell came in at a little over 20 minutes to pace the women. They were the runners who took home the first-place trophies, but the winners were the women resplendent in pink who had survived breast cancer and were celebrating life.


The survivors were everywhere with their families and teams, all of them in pink, calling attention to October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Most of them walked the 3.1 mile course from the starting line at the Sun Realty office in Avon; some rode bikes; but all of them made it to the timer at the finish line.


The real story though are the many tales of triumph over fear.


There was Kim Martin, newly cancer-free, decked out from head to toe in pink—including her pink hat and pink wig.


“I’m walking, not running,” she said.


Saturday began as a hot, humid day, and by the time Martin got to the finish line, she was carrying her hat and wig, but she and her team did walk across the finish line together.


Claudia and Jan Laskow rode their bikes. The focus of Team PowPow during her breast cancer treatment in 2012-2013, it was hard to miss Claudia, with her pink frilly tutu and pink boxing gloves on the front of her bike.


“I drove them crazy at the UNC Cancer Center. I would dress up the chemo containers with a tutu,” Claudia said.


The medicine and treatment was provided by the medical team at UNC, but it was the community that gave the Laskows the support that carried them through.


“I don’t know how we could have paid for this without the help of the foundation,” Jan said. After one of Claudia’s treatments, I went down to the hospital pharmacy to get the medicine for one of her shots, and it was $7,000.”


Helping with the financial burden of  cancer treatment is one of the ways the HICF provides support to Hatteras Island families, according to the foundation's vice president and race director, Donna Barnett. “We help with medical expenses that are not covered by insurance,” she said. “We also help with travel expenses. That’s one of the largest expenses a lot of times.”


The 5K is the biggest fundraiser for the foundation and, according to Barnett, this year’s event was tremendously successful. “We had over $5,000 before the day even started,” she said. “We keep asking and they keep giving. The whole community supports us and we couldn't do what we do without them.”


The final total raised for cancer patients was more than $9,000 from 107 runners and walkers and other donations.


The donations include a contribution from Jan and Claudia Laskow’s business, Outer Banks Fire Protection. “They helped us so much,” Jan said. “We had to give back.”


Kim Martin won the award for the Most Pinked Out adult, and Nova Forman won in the children's category.


If you didn't participate in the Fun Run, you can still support the foundation with a donation.


The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation is a non-profit giving support and aid to Hatteras Island residents undergoing cancer treatment.


In addition to financial aid, the HICF sponsors a cancer support group the third Wednesday of the month at the Our Lady of the Seas Recreational Hall in Buxton.


The HICF Fun Run course through Kinnakeet Shores has been recently certified by USA Track & Field's Road Running Technical Council as 5,000 kilometers.








Reprinted from the  Island Free Press - April 8, 2014



Dancing, dining, and gaming to benefit

Hatteras cancer patients….WITH SLIDE SHOW




More than 150 guests danced, dined, and played the gaming tables at the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s annual Spring Dance on Saturday night, April 5, at the Hatteras Village Civic Center.


And they raised more than $4,000 to help island cancer patients pay for treatment and medications not covered by insurance.


The theme was "Viva Las Hatteras.” The civic center was done up in Las-Vegas style décor, including feather centerpieces, up-lighting, red rose flower arrangements, and a mural of Las Vegas on the wall. The buffet dinner was provided by several area restaurants and businesses on the island.


The band, Jack Jack 180, from Wilmington, N.C., kept everyone dancing, and guests seemed to enjoy playing at the gaming tables.


Caesars Palace in Las Vegas provided the grand prize for the evening -- a trip for two for a three-night stay at Caesars, two free dinners, tickets to shows, and limo service to and from the airport.  The winner of the prize was Jomi Price of Ketch 55 in Avon.


“We would like to thank everyone who attended or donated something to help us make this event happen,” said Sydnee Slaughter, president of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.









Breakwater Restaurant  •  Brenda Bunting

Burrus Red And White   •  Cake Hatteras  •  Cape Dredging

Ceasar's Palace/Gary Loveman  •  Coastal Beverage • Coke

Conner's Supermarket   •  Dinky’s Restaurant  •  Donna Peele

Fish House Restaurant  •  Frisco Rod & Gun   •  Gia Telles

Haole's Sushi  •  Harbor Deli  •  Hatteras Marlin Club

Hatteras Sol  •  Hatterasman Drive-In  •  Island Convenience

Island Hopper Shuttle  •  Izabelle's Closet  •  Laura Young

Mutual Beverage  •  North Beach Sun  •  Oceana's Bistro

Owen's Restaurant  •  Pop's Raw Bar  • Risky Business Seafood

Rocco's  •  Sandbar & Grille   •  Sonny’s Restaurant

Sunflowers Florist  •  Suzette Caldeira •  Kathy Aiken

Food Lion  • Hatteras Village Civic Assoc. • Midgett Realty

Jennifer Meekins •  Julie Montgomery  •  Trip Lineberry

Ted Midgett  • Bill Ballance  • Wendy Sisler • Cassie Gray






November 18, 2013


TowneBank has contributed $10,000.00 to the

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation




TowneBank has contributed $10,000 to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation.  The donation was one of four that were made at the bank’s recent grand opening of its Southern Shores branch.  TowneBank officials told representatives of HICF that they wanted people of Hatteras Island to know that they are part of their neighborhood too.


Also receiving donations were Outer Banks Food for Thought, a $10,000 donation, Outer Banks Cancer Support Group, a $10,000 donation and Outer Banks Marathon, a $25,000 donation.













Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation

Post Office Box 442

Hatteras, NC 27943


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