A major donation will help ease the lives of patients undergoing radiation therapy.
Short Hills real estate developer Mark Wilf and his wife Jane are well
acquainted with Saint Barnabas Medical Center. All four of their children
were born there. Their teenage daughter Rachel has been a volunteer in
the pediatric unit for two years and they are close friends with
Alison Grann, M.D., chairman of radiation oncology at the hospital. To them, it was
appropriate that they support Saint Barnabas and the work that Dr. Grann
does. That is why their charitable foundation recently made a pledge of
$250,000 to the medical center to name the Wilf family treatment room
in the radiation oncology department.
The donation is also in support of Comfort Project 360, a program at Saint
Barnabas whose mission is to help create the most comprehensive, supportive
and therapeutic environment for cancer care. “Our gift is really
about Dr. Grann and her department,” Jane Wilf says. “She
changes people’s lives, and our family wants to be part of what
she does by helping people with cancer feel a little more comfortable.”
The Department of Radiation Oncology treats approximately 800 patients
a year and delivers more than 15,500 radiation treatments. Nearly three-fourths
of these patients are ages 50 to 79, though younger patients are being
treated more often. The majority of these patients live in suburban and
urban Essex County as well as Union and Morris counties."
The work being done in Radiation Oncology is tremendously important to
Mark and me,” Wilf says. “We are extremely pleased to support
this vital resource for the community.”
Here’s a Great Reason To Rock
"Reason to Rock" is the major fundraising event for Comfort Project
360, a program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center whose mission is to help
create a healing environment for cancer patients by supporting their body,
mind and spirit. This year's event will be at Crestmont Country Club
on Thursday, November 17. Jane Wilf will serve as co-chair along with
Jodi Bloom (last year's chair), Wendy Marcus and Cathy Levison.
This year's honoree is Shari-Beth Susskind, a cancer survivor whom
Wilf calls an inspiration to many. "Shari-Beth is one of my closest
friends, our kids are friends and our families spend a lot of time together,"
says Wilf. "So when she asked me to co-chair, I said yes right away.
She is a most deserving honoree, and I know this is really important to
In its first two years Reason to Rock has raised more than $400,000; the
event has attracted nearly 400 guests each year.
To find out more about Reason to Rock or the Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Foundation, please call 973.322.4330 or
visit our website.