Cancer Survivors and Friends Scholarship in Memory of Pam Starkey
In November 1998, as an employee of CSM and as a cancer survivor herself, Pam co-founded the cancer support group Cancer Survivors and Friends (CSF). The initial goal of the group was to provide a support program to residents of the Southern Maryland area who were also cancer survivors themselves. As the group’s needs changed, they eventually decided to adapt their goal and focus on raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Charles County. The group has participated in the Relay for Life as the CCCC/CSM Hawks since 1999. In 2012, CSF decided to further their fundraising efforts and establish the WFA Cancer Survivors and Friends Scholarship to directly benefit CSM students who are cancer survivors or whose lives have been affected by cancer. Through the generosity of CSM employees and friends, the group has raised more than $150,000 for the American Cancer Society and the Cancer Survivors and Friends Scholarship at CSM. Pam was extremely proud of this extraordinary accomplishment.
Pam passed away at the age of 62 on November 13, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. Pam was a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Her greatest pleasure came from spending time with family and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly. To honor Pam’s support and dedication to CSF, her daughters (Jen Marth and Chelsea Clute) renamed the Cancer Survivors and Friends Scholarship in her memory to continue to positively impact those students who are cancer survivors or whose lives have been affected by cancer.