West Orange, NJ -- Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex (SISE) members Patti Murray, Vice President, Human Resources, Barnabas Health Hospice and Home Care (left) and Marie Kennedy, RN, Barnabas Health Hospice Liaison Coordinator, are pictured here assembling boxes for the Just ‘Cause Project to help women undergoing cancer treatment at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC).
The Project, which was held earlier this summer, was sponsored by SISE, a volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Through collaboration with the Cancer Center at SBMC, Ms. Murray, a resident of Parsippany, and Ms. Kennedy, a West Orange resident, facilitated the collection of 20 wigs, 99 hats and 77 scarves that will be cleaned, sanitized and given to women with cancer-treatment related hair loss who are receiving services at SBMC and may not be able to afford these items.
“The impact of hair loss during cancer treatment can be profound,” explains Angela McCabe, Director of Psychosocial Support Services and Community Outreach, Cancer Program at SBMC. “Emotions ranging from embarrassment to anger can take a toll on a woman’s self esteem, making her feel vulnerable and uncomfortable in social situations. Making these items accessible to all patients, regardless of their financial situation, will truly make a difference.”
For more information about Barnabas Health Hospice and Home Care or Saint Barnabas Medical Center, please visit www.barnabashealth.org.
For more information about Soroptimist International of Suburban Essex, please visit www.sisessex.org.
Date: August 28, 2013
Contact: Lisa Tortorello
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