Four-Time Cancer Survivor Shares Story of Inspiration
Four time cancer survivor, Andrea J. Gleason, who was treated at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, shared her inspiring story at a kick-off press conference held at Barnabas Health in West Orange in April. The event was hosted in recognition of Barnabas Health’s volunteer recruitment efforts in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) – an historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. In June, Barnabas Health facilities across the state will each host enrollment sessions.
WEST ORANGE, NJ, APRIL 24, 2013 – What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer?” Barnabas Health and the American Cancer Society are seeking volunteers across the state to participate in a historic, nationwide Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
During a kick-off event at Barnabas Health Headquarters in West Orange this morning, Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health addressed the audience members including each of the Barnabas Health Facility Presidents about the importance and significance of the cancer prevention study. Mr. Ostrowsky was joined by former State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Fred Jacobs, and American Cancer Society Executive Vice President, Frank Mascia.
“We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for this historic study in utilizing all of our hospitals as enrollment sites for the CPS-3 study,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “As the largest healthcare system in the state of New Jersey, we believe we have a responsibility to do all we can to help ensure the health status of the communities we serve. Cancer has touched the lives of almost everyone we know in some way—but this is our opportunity to do something about it.”
“This study provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Mr. Mascia. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for New Jersey residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at a Barnabas Health location of their convenience. We need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer. While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.”
Men and women who are willing to volunteer to participate in the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.
Through Barnabas Health, enrollment opportunities will be provided across the state in June as follows:
Tuesday, June 11 from 10 am to 2 pm
Clara Maass Medical Center, Cancer Center, 1 Clara Maass Dr., Belleville, NJ
Tuesday, June 11 from 8 am to 12 pm
Community Medical Center, Auditorium A & B, 99 Hwy. 37 West, Toms River, NJ
Wednesday, June 12 from 9 am to 1 pm
Monmouth Medical Center, Community Meeting Room, 300 Second Ave., Long Branch, NJ
Wednesday, June 12 from 12 pm to 4 pm
Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Islami Auditorium, 94 Old Short Hills Rd., Livingston, NJ
Thursday, June 13 from 10 am to 2 pm
Kimball Medical Center, Conference Rooms A, B, C, 600 River Ave., Lakewood, NJ
“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Mr. Mascia. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, is joined by (left to right) Frank Mascia, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society; Fred Jacobs, MD, JD, Former State Commissioner of Health; Connie Greene, Vice President of the Institute for Prevention for Barnabas Health Behavioral Health; and Andrea J. Gleason, a Four-time Cancer Survivor treated at Saint Barnabas Medical Center; following the Kick-Off Event for the Barnabas Health System-wide volunteer recruitment effort for the Cancer Prevention Study-3, a historic, nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 17,600 babies annually. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network and comprehensive home care and hospice programs. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees and 4,600 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
CONTACT: Carrie Cristello