To celebrate September as National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation (KOH), an organization founded by three ovarian cancer survivors who have turned their experiences with the disease into activism, provided Monmouth Medical Center Foundation with a $27,000 donation to help gynecologists better detect and diagnose ovarian cancer.
The donation comes from KOH's annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk. Held recently on September 27 on the Boardwalk in Avon-By-The-Sea, the Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk has raised more than $800,000 during its previous seven walks. This year's walk brought together 1,000 walkers and raised more than $100,000.
KOH's donation to Monmouth Medical Center will fund the purchase of a hysteroscope and related surgical accessories used during diagnostic and operative gynecological procedures. The surgical tool allows for accurate viewing and sampling of the uterine cavity and, when appropriate, allows surgeons to remove tissue.
"The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation's support of Monmouth Medical Center and our sister hospital Community Medical Center is tremendous, and their passion for raising awareness about the importance of early detection of ovarian and other gynecological cancers complements our own dedication to advancing women's health as a Spirit of Women participant," said Robert A. Graebe, M.D., chairman and program director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center.
Since 2000, KOH, the primary advocate for ovarian cancer activism in the New Jersey area, has raised and awarded more than $2 million to help fund research for early detection and new treatment options. KOH stresses the difference that early diagnostic tests or disease-specific therapy can make in the lives of women and their families.
For information on Kaleidoscope of Hope, visit www.kohnj.org. For more information on the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, please visit
Photo 1: Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Staff, from left, Eileen Galarza, staff assistant; Jean McKinney, director of development; and Angie Henschel, board and donor relations associate, and her husband, Doug.
Photo 2: Robert A. Graebe, M.D., chairman and program director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, addressed the crowd at the eighth annual Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk in Avon-By-The-Sea on the importance of raising funds for ovarian cancer research and thanked them for their support of Monmouth Medical Center.
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 www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.