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Local College Students Donate Blankets to Cancer Patients


Five students who recently graduated from Brookdale Community College took time from their summer vacations to deliver knot blankets to cancer patients in the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center.

Michelle Fernandez, Jaclyn Corson, Alexandra Callirgos, Amanda Sorrentino and Lindsey Bijas originally met during high school. Each teen had been impacted by a family member's cancer diagnosis.

When the five girls attended Brookdale, they joined the Conquer Cancer Club, which serves as a beacon of hope for all members of the Brookdale community by raising awareness of all cancers, raising funds for research and striving to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by the disease.

Through a number of fundraising initiatives, including selling homemade cake pops and rubber "cancer-of-the-month" bracelets, the girls raised $900 to purchase supplies to make knot blankets for cancer patients. They held a "Knots of Strength" event, encouraging fellow students to participate in creating knot blankets. The end result was 25 warm fleece blankets.

The visit to the Outpatient Infusion Unit at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center to deliver the blankets was an opportunity for group to see the warmth the blankets and the visit provided to those undergoing treatment. In addition, the club members visited the Inpatient Cancer floor, leaving blankets for their patients as well.

The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center provides an extensive array of highly advanced cancer services in all areas of cancer prevention, detection and treatment, delivered by a team of specialists in a caring and supportive environment.

As a part of the world-renowned Penn Cancer Network, the Leon Hess Cancer Center augments its clinical research program by providing access to additional trials offered through Penn's Clinical Research Cancer Network. The Penn Cancer Network includes a select group of community and academic hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that are recognized for their excellence in patient care and commitment to improving the health and well-being of their community.

To learn more about the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732.923.6575.

PHOTO: Lindsey Bijas, Amanda Sorrentino, Alexandra Callirgos and Michelle Fernandez visit the Outpatient Infusion Unit at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center to deliver knot blankets to patients.

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 Reporthas 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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