Special Picnic

Oct 12, 2016

To the Editor:

On Sunday, Sept. 18, a group of very dedicated employees and volunteers of the Southern Ocean County Medical Center hosted a picnic to honor cancer survivors with recognition of their caregivers. 

Headed up by Lizzie Martinez and Denise Theiler, Meridian Navigators, and assisted by a great number of nurses from the Oncology Department and other support personnel, the event was held at a park in Forked River. 

Upon entering the event, pictures of each attendee were taken to be presented later. Door prize tickets and “goodie bags” were handed out. After sitting, attendees were treated to a very complete table of salads and other foods fit for a king, as well as the beautiful music of Reflection Station. Face painters, massages and a yoga demonstration were only a few of the highlights of the affair. At one point a microphone was taken table to table for the cancer survivors to speak and honor their caregivers. I do not think there was a dry eye in the pavilion. Door prizes were then drawn and presented. 

This was the first recognition picnic, and many attendees look forward to the next. The people who put this affair together must be commended and thanked from the bottom of our hearts. It was apparent that many hours were spent putting such an event in place. A special thanks to the many, many businesses and people who donated the great food and wonderful gifts for door prizes. 

Of course, our personal thanks from the bottom of our hearts go to our “Angels Without Wings,” who all have helped to keep my Noreen with me for four-plus years since her diagnosis of lung and brain cancer in 2012. She was given a one-year life expectancy in 2012.

George D. Way



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