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Eighth Annual Celebration of Life Benefits Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center


Eighth Annual Celebration of Life Benefits Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center

As part of a new partnership between the Cancer Support Community and Monmouth Medical Center, the Cancer Support Community recently hosted its eighth annual Celebration of Life fund-raiser at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club in Farmingdale. Hundreds of attendees helped to raise funds to support CSC's mission of ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

The annual event featured food from 15 area restaurants, wine and beverages from five vendors and fashions modeled by 20 cancer survivors. This year, the Cancer Support Community welcomed Celebration of Life Ambassador Seth Grumet, cancer survivor and founder of Stomp the Monster. Local community leader, restaurateur and humanitarian Tim McLoone served as the evening's emcee and DJ services were provided by Music Express. Additionally, hair and make-up were provided by Glen Goldbaum 72, and fashions were provided by Stacy Gemma Everywhere and Macy's.

The Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center is part of an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope to people affected by cancer. Individuals affected by cancer are given an opportunity to enhance their health and well-being through participation in professionally led programs of support, education and hope. Together with Monmouth Medical Center, it will begin offering programming to cancer patients in 2015 at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood.

Designed to support people with cancer and their loved ones, CSC offers a menu of personalized services centered around support groups, cancer education, nutrition and healthy cooking, exercise and movement, meditation and relaxation and social activities. Its global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.

"It never ceases to amaze me in the time following the Celebration of Life just how many attendees and models reach out to share how uplifting, heart-warming and inspirational this event is. I was told that the 8th Annual Celebration of Life was the best yet," said Ilene Winters, President, Friends of CSC at MMC. "Our partnership with Monmouth Medical Center truly is, to quote one of the attendees, the start of something bigger and better."

For more than 40 years, the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center has broadened its leadership role in oncology services through the ongoing expansion of state-of-the-art programs and technologies offered in many areas of cancer prevention, detection, treatment and ongoing after-care. Monmouth Medical Center is a part of the Penn Cancer Network – a select group of community hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware – collaborating with the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania to provide excellence in patient care throughout the region. Penn's Cancer Network hospitals are recognized for their excellence in patient care and commitment to improving the health and well-being of their community.

For more information on the Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center, visit Joan Hogan, program director, at 732-923-6090.

PHOTO: Cancer survivors Peggy Laggner, Linda Librizzi, Daria Sciartina, Zarna Puternam and Elizabeth O'Reilly served as models during the Celebration of Life fashion show.

About Monmouth Medical Center

Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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