Long Branch, NJ, June 29, 2011 – The Women’s Council for the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center will host this year’s Annual Power of Pink Luncheon, an event to benefit the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, on Thursday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fort Chapel and Grounds at Sandy Hook.
This year, the Women’s Council chose Debra Camal, M.D., Medical Director of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical Center as the honoree. The guest speaker for the event will be Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News anchor.
Breast surgeon Debra Camal, MD, FACS, oversees the clinical operation of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center - a facility that takes a coordinated approach to breast health, for both well and cancer care, in a comfortable and supportive environment. Dr. Camal specializes in the evaluation and treatment of women with breast cancer. She believes strongly in a synchronized approach to care which includes a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, genetic specialists and breast center support staff. She is a patient advocate at heart and feels that providing state of the art services within the local community is of paramount importance for patients and their families.
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center has a long tradition of excellence in the care of women with breast cancer, focusing on the entire spectrum of treatment from diagnosis to surgery to survivorship. Dr. Camal also has a special interest in identifying women at high risk for the development of breast cancer and offering them an array of individualized options for risk reduction.
Brian Williams, the most highly decorated evening news anchor of the modern era, began his broadcasting career in 1981 and joined NBC News in 1993. A few years later, he became NBC’s chief White House correspondent and then anchor and managing editor of The News With Brian Williams on MSNBC and CNBC. In 2004, he took over as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, the nation’s top-rated nightly news program, a distinction it has maintained throughout Williams’ tenure in the anchor chair. In 2007, Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Williams, a native of Middletown, NJ, lost his sister to breast cancer in 2006.
The Women’s Council was founded in 1995 by Bonnie Levin, a cancer survivor, along with a group of women from the Monmouth County area who identified a need to inform women about the importance of early detection of cancer and the progress being made in cancer research.
The Power of Pink Luncheon brings together women to raise funds and enhance the quality of care delivered to cancer patients at Monmouth Medical Center. Proceeds from the event have contributed to a wide range of services and programs offered through the Leon Hess Cancer Center. This year’s 16th Anniversary proceeds will fund the Patient Navigator program.
Patient navigators provide one-on-one support for patients as they move through the hospital. The patient navigator helps patients in obtaining a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan that is both understandable and feasible, and also assists in coordinating timely treatment for patients. Patient care navigators help arrange accurate and timely treatment by coordinating appointments and services, building strong relationships with other health care team members, and keeping communication lines open with patients and maintaining truly patient-centered care. The patient navigator services will offer assistance in timely resolution of care issues from diagnosis through treatment.
The Power of Pink Luncheon will be held on Thursday, July 21 from 11 am until 2 pm, and the Pink Boutique will be open until 3 pm.
To purchase a ticket or reserve a table for the Power of Pink Luncheon or for more information, please call the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation at (732) 923-6886 or visit www.monmouthfoundation.org.
CONTACT: Carrie Cristello
Director, Public Relations
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