Rowan University alumnus Dr. Marque Allen made the trek from his home in Texas to South Jersey this week to spend Thanksgiving with his family--and to announce his $100,000 donation to Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. The gift by Dr. Allen, a podiatric surgeon, and his wife, Yvette, is the first gift to the new medical school and will create a scholarship fund for first-year Rowan alumni who are attending Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
Family and friends of Mrs. Mary Anne Mazanec, a CCI patient who passed away in 2009 after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer, make a $2,500 donation to the Cooper Cancer Institute to benefit the CCI Patient in Need fund. This provides direct support to patients with ovarian cancer in financial need.
On Wednesday, June 10, 2009, Chris Gunderson, a 17-year-old Eagle Scout candidate from Mount Laurel, N.J., donated 30 blankets to the Cooper Cancer Institute. These blankets will benefit cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Gunderson is a member of Boy Scout Troop 44 in Moorestown, N.J. He is working toward achieving Eagle Scout status - the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
(Camden, New Jersey) Cooper University Hospital has received a generous gift from Dennis and Cathy DiFlorio of Voorhees, N.J., for the new Cooper Healing Garden to be constructed later this year. The DiFlorio’s donated $375,000 towards the construction of the healing garden, which will be named in their honor. The Healing Garden is part of the new Patient Pavilion on the Cooper Camden campus which opened in December 2008. The DiFlorio Family Healing Garden, adjacent to the Pavilion lobby and Garden Walk, will be a place of quiet beauty and natural light, providing a contemplative and comforting haven for patients, families and Cooper staff. This scenic, outdoor garden will feature a water-wall fountain (providing soothing sounds of rainfall), evergreen trees, sculptures and an array of plants and flowers.
(Camden, New Jersey) Breast cancer screening provides an opportunity to save someone’s sister, wife, mother, daughter or companion. To help underinsured and uninsured women fight breast cancer, the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program at Cooper (Cooper CEED) provides education, free mammograms and clinical breast exams, follow-up care, and support. A renewal grant for $30,000 from the Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund will enable Cooper’s CEED program to continue it’s outreach to underserved women who live in Camden and the surrounding areas. This is the second year this grant is funded by the Avon Foundation, after having educated 568 women the first year, as well as provided 301 breast exams and 226 mammograms in 2008.
(Camden, New Jersey) The tiniest patients at Cooper University Hospital can now be outfitted with special baby supplies thanks to a $10,000 donation to “Clare’s Cupboard” from the Moorestown Auxiliary. Cooper cares for 460 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients a year. “Many of our families are with us for weeks, sometimes months, and donations like this help the parents go home with the supplies they need as parents and baby adapt to life outside of the hospital,” said Joanne Fox, NICU Clinical Director.