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Local Teen Aims to Strike Out Breast Cancer


High school baseball pitcher raised over $3,400 for
the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center

As a baseball player, Steven Slagmolen looks forward to October as World Series time. But the Toms River teen knows those four weeks have another role -- as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In fact, Steven combined baseball and the fight against breast cancer this year, by asking friends and fans to donate a specific dollar amount for each strike-out he pitched in his final season at Toms River High School North.

His effort raised a total of $3,449, which he recently presented to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.

Steven's fund-raiser was inspired by a close friend of his family, who's battling breast cancer for the second time.

"It's inspiring to see people with cancer fight through all the pain to get the results they deserve, but they should not have to fight alone," says Steven, who raised money during 12 games before being sidelined by an injury.

"We at Monmouth Medical Center Foundation whole-heartedly agree with Steven," says Jean McKinney, director of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. "The funds he raised will directly benefit the programs and services, and ultimately the patients, at our Breast Center."

The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center offers a full array of outpatient breast health services, from routine mammography screenings to early detection and treatment of breast cancer and benign breast disease. In addition to the center's main site on the Monmouth Medical Center campus in Long Branch, it has satellite locations in Colts Neck and Howell, and atthe Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood. The Wilentz Center has earned top quality certifications since its founding in 1994, by such organizations as the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers, American College of Radiology, and National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

To add to Steven's efforts to "Strike Out Breast Cancer" by making a donation, please contact Jean McKinney at the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation by calling 732-923-6884 or emiling For more information on the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center, please call 732-923-7700 or visit

PHOTO: (left to right) Diane Ciricillo, director of the Jacqueline M.Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center; Jorge G. Pardes, M.D., diagnostic radiologist and director of Breast Imaging at the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center and Steven Slagmolen of Toms River.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching 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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