The Cancer Center at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC) acknowledged World Cancer Day on February 4 to raise awareness and to encourage cancer prevention, detection and treatment. CMMC staff offered names of friends and loved ones touched by cancer to be displayed in the Cancer Center among candles and lavender rose petals. “I was surprised at the immediate responsiveness of the staff,” said Jill Wargo, Director of the Cancer Center, as names poured in along with personal stories of struggle and triumph. “I was most touched with the details they offered about their loved ones, including nicknames such as ‘Munchkin Mike.’” The World Cancer Display continued at the Cancer Center all week, and visitors reflected on the journey through cancer as they viewed hundreds of names among lights of hope and blossoming flowers.
Father Jack Donahue, Clara Maass Medical Center, honored his mother with a card bearing the name “Ann” next to a rose on the display. Jill Wargo, Director of the Cancer Center, placed a card that says “Nanny” as a tribute to her grandmother.