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Local Cancer Survivors Walk Runway at Fashion-Show Fundraiser

12/20/2016

Longtime Supporter & Patient Honored at Event

MMC Celebration of Life

From left, Bill Arnold, President and CEO, Monmouth Medical Center, Seth Cohen, M.D., Medical Director of Oncology Clinical Research and Outpatient Infusion for the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth, Joan Hogan, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Program Director, Cancer Support Community, Portia Lagmay-Fuentes, Regional Administrative Director, Cancer Services, Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health and Chief Executive, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.

It was a night of fun, fashion and a few tears, as 17 cancer survivors modeled stylish apparel provided by Macy’s at Monmouth and marked their fight against cancer.

The Celebration of Life Fashion Show, held December 5 at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, honored all cancer survivors and raised funds for the Cancer Support Community (CSC) at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, RWJBarnabas Health facilities.

CSC provides an array of free services for patients and their family members, regardless of where one receives treatment. Offerings include lectures, support groups, exercise classes and children’s programs at the hospital’s main campus in Long Branch and its southern campus in Lakewood.

Bill Arnold, president and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center, noted that it was Frank Vozos, M.D., FACS, Monmouth’s longtime former president and CEO, who took up the torch of the struggling Cancer Support Community in Eatontown back in 2014 and committed to fully incorporating its programs and services into the hospital at both its main campus in Long Branch and its southern campus in Lakewood. The Cancer Support Community opened its doors at its new home on the Monmouth campus on February 1, 2015 in Long Branch and on March 1, 2015 in Lakewood.

“Monmouth’s Cancer Services team, led by Joan Hogan, immediately and enthusiastically embraced the program and began the work of rebuilding the community” he said. “This past year, the Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center provided 600 free, professionally led workshops, lectures, support groups, exercise classes, and children’s programs in its Long Branch and Lakewood locations. These support programs and services are offered to all cancer patients and those affected by cancer free of charge and regardless of where they seek treatment.”

Some 250 guests attended the show, which raised more than $50,000 for CSC programs.

Adding further poignancy was a video appearance by Honoree Arthur Greenbaum, Esq., of Tinton Falls, who was recognized for his strong support of CSC. The 91-year-old cancer patient and longtime Monmouth Medical Center board member provided a pre-recorded address for the event.

During the touching video, the retired attorney recounted his successful battle against prostate cancer over more than two decades. Although recently diagnosed with acute leukemia, he spoke of feeling “lucky” for his long, happy life and beloved family.

“As part of the night’s celebration, we were fortunate to honor Arthur Greenbaum,” Arnold said. “He is a longtime Monmouth Medical Center board member, a personal friend to many of us, an accomplished lawyer, a devoted family man and one of the champions of the Cancer Support Community at Monmouth Medical Center.”

Also recognized were event chair and CSC volunteer Ellie Breslow, the committee members, models and other community members who helped make the evening possible. Dr. Vozos, who now serves as Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health and Chief Executive, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, was credited with fully incorporating CSC’s services into both hospital campuses over the past two years.

For more information about CSC programs, call 732-923-6090.

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