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Comfort Project 360 Hosts Cancer Benefit


Comfort Project 360 Hosts Cancer Benefit

(Livingston, NJ) On November 13, 2014 from 7:30 -11:30 pm, The Comfort Project 360 will be hosting a fundraiser "A Reason to Rock" at Crestmont Country Club, West Orange to benefit Saint Barnabas Medical Center Radiation Oncology department. Eighties cover band RubixKube will be providing the entertainment.

After being touched by cancer, Livingston residents Hyla Weiss and Suzanne Unger created Comfort Project 360, a fund at Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation, focused on transforming the experience for cancer patients at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Comfort Project 360 is focused on enhancing the mind-body connection for adults receiving treatment for cancer at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology.

Physicians and patients are increasingly turning to mind-body connection in the face of health challenges. Evidence based research indicates complementary health approaches can help manage cancer symptoms and side effects and promote a positive mind, body and spirit connection. In response, Comfort Project 360 is transforming the patient experience by implementing programs and enhancing the physical environment of care to support the healing process. Aspects of the program include:

• Patient & Family Waiting Areas

• Soothing Artwork

• Patient Changing Areas

• Upgraded Nurses' Station

• Patient & Family Education Center

• Concierge Program

• Exam Rooms

• Improved Wayfinding

"We are excited that Hyla and Suzanne have chosen to focus their efforts at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. They both have experienced the impact of cancer on their families, directly and indirectly. We value their insight, vision, commitment and dedication to improving the experience for patients with cancer," stated John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Hyla Weiss, a two time cancer survivor, knows first-hand the rigors of daily radiation treatments. She stated, "The medical care I received was excellent. However, I found dealing with cancer emotionally challenging and it definitely took its toll on my spirit. I felt very vulnerable each time I walked into the center even though the staff greeted me with open arms."

"Upon completing my treatments, I realized that the environment influences the healing journey. Our goal is to make it easier for patients and their families through complementary programs and environmental changes at Saint Barnabas," Hyla concluded.

Caring for the caregiver is an important component of the project, one Suzanne Unger understand fully having been at her mother's side throughout her 6-year battle with breast cancer. "Having a family member who was touched by cancer, I recognize and understand the value of a nurturing environment in which to receive care," remarked Suzanne. During those many hours at the hospital, accompanying my mother to her treatments, the environment definitely impacted my psyche. I truly believe in the mind, body, spirit connection and our goal is to enhance all aspects of the care circle to provide comfort," she continued.

Tickets for the Reason to Rock fundraiser are $175 each and some select sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit, or call Saint Barnabas Medical Center Foundation at 973-322-4330.

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