Section: Monmouth Medical Center News

Monmouth Medical Center Hosts Cancer Survivor Party

06/19/2017

Event Held on National Cancer Survivors Day and Spotlights Live Performance by Asbury Park Music and Film Festival Beneficiaries Lakehouse Music Academy Junior Pros

MMC Cancer Survivor Day 2017 Finn Family

Members of the Finn Family, who supported the Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration and the Joe Finn Music Therapy Program at the Leon Hess Cancer Center a Monmouth Medical Center.

LONG BRANCH, N.J. – An estimated 175 cancer survivors and their families gathered at Monmouth Medical Center on Sunday, June 4, to celebrate life at a Cancer Survivor Party made possible through the generosity of the Finn family and The Joe Finn Music Therapy Program at the Leon Hess Cancer Center a Monmouth Medical Center.

Presented by the Leon Hess Cancer Center and Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the free celebration of health and life was held from 1 to 4 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department and Cheryl L. Diamond Cancer Care Pavilion. It was offered in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day, an annual Celebration of Life that is celebrated on the first Sunday in June. . On this day, thousands of people gather to show the world that there is life after a cancer diagnosis – and it’s something to celebrate.

The Cancer Survivor Party featured live music performed by a host of bands, including The Finnatics who kicked off the celebration concert. The band is comprised of members of the Finn family who have hosted 6 annual “Finn Fest” fundraisers in the community. They donated the proceeds raised through “Finn Fest” to The Leon Hess Cancer Center as the Joe Finn Music Therapy Program in appreciation for the exceptional care their father received before losing his fight to a Glioblastoma brain tumor in 2008. Another highlight performance at the Cancer Survivorship Celebration was the Lakehouse Music Academy Junior Pros. One of the beneficiaries of the annual Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, an event that is sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health. The Lakehouse Junior Pros is comprised of all-star student musicians from Asbury Park ranging in age from 10 to 12 whose goal is to contribute to the community through music.

MMC Cancer Survivor Day 2017 Lakehouse Jrs.

Members of the Lakehouse Music Academy Junior Pros, from left, Jeremy Orienza, Ryan Graci, Oliver van Nostrand, Lauren Gill and Zakya Kennedy, performing at Monmouth Medical Center’s Cancer Survivors’ Day celebration on June 4.

Live music also included performances by Peter V & Blues Train (featuring Monmouth Medical Center surgeon Aron Gornish, M.D.) and Hartley Stevens Duo (featuring Monmouth Medical Center anesthesiologist Jeffrey Yuskevich, M.D.) Additionally, radio personalities from 107.1 The Boss were live on site, and the celebration featured a performance from the Dance Plus Performance team in Little Silver; Zumba Gold demonstrations; chair massages by Body in Mind Massage Institute; Makeovers by Lord and Taylor cosmetics; a children’s craft project led by ArtWorks ; children’s face painting; Kona Ice truck; Dunkin the Therapy Mini Horse; light refreshments and samples from Dean’s Market and Food and Nutrition Department at MMC; a photo booth; and giveaways, prizes and raffle baskets.

Remarks were provided by oncologist David Sharon, M.D., medical director of the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth, and Jack McLoone, a childhood cancer survivor and patient of the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Monmouth. In his remarks, Dr. Sharon spoke of former patient Elvira Santos and introduced her daughter, Rosie Santos, who was invited onstage to say a few words in remembrance of her mother and to unveil the portrait of Dr. Sharon commissioned by the Santos family.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers. 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. Monmouth Medical Center is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization of employer purchasers of health care and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. It is one of eight New Jersey hospitals to receive a four-star rating from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the highest hospital rating in the state.

CONTACT: Elizabeth Brennan
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