(NEWARK, N.J.)—Young children who have cancer were smiling, thanks to the generosity of
five National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students from Alfred E. Zampella
School (P.S. 27) in Jersey City stopped by Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center to “Warm a Heart, Heal a Soul.”
Eighth grader Jesus Ross, one of the charter members of the National Junior
Honor Society (NJHS) at P.S. 27, learned about a “Coins for Cancer”
initiative that was highlighted in the NJHS magazine. That gave him an
idea for a fund raiser. He shared his thoughts with fellow students and
charter members of the honor society: Jenisa Esteras; Rose Mullaghy; Anh
Ly; Jayde Onori.
Two weeks later, these five 7th and 8th grade students had raised $2,000
with significant help from the P.S. 27 student body. The proceeds were
recently delivered to The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer
and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ),
which is located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. When they delivered
their contribution, they also gave colorful fleece blankets to the pediatric patients.
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder
at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey provides medical and psycho-social
care at the time of diagnosis, during treatment and long-term care after
the end of treatment. Board certified pediatric oncology physicians complemented
by specialized pediatric oncology nurses, oncology nurse practitioners,
social workers and child life specialists provide individualized care
to all patients. The Valerie Fund is also home to one of nine state-designated
sickle cell programs.
Photo credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Here the students are pictured with patients, a parent, Alfred E. Zampella
School P.S. 27 teachers. They are also flanked by: (far left) Wondwessen
Bekele, MD, Associate Director in Pediatric Hemotology/Oncology (far left);
Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, FACHE – Chief Operating Officer, NBIMC
& CHoNJ (dark suit); Karen McGinn, Chair of the National Junior Honor
Society and a 6th grade Math Teacher Barbara Matos, Co-Chair of the National
Junior Honor Society and the Social Studies/Language Arts teacher at P.S.
27.; (far right in white shirt and tie) Peri Kamalakar, MD, Director of
Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Pediatric
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March 6, 2013
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center