Hospital Offers Support Programs For Cancer Patients

NEWARK—Two programs are helping to lift the spirits of cancer patients while they undergo treatment or come to terms with cancer-related issues.

The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is providing the following programs open to all patients:


• The ONE GIFT program. In this program, adult cancer patients are offered the gift of a joyful, memorable experience. Whether the individual would like a weekend getaway, a special dinner or celebration, the organization helps to make their wish come true.

• “Operation Bling” The Operation Bling Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation led by Chris and Bill Ferdinand whose sole purpose is to provide sterling silver or zirconium rings, earrings, necklaces or bracelets to cancer patients.

Patients are given the opportunity to choose one “Bling gift” which is enclosed in a white organza pouch. Inside the pouch is the Foundation’s mission along with a laminated inspirational poem -“What cancer cannot do.” The patient is also given the option of being place on a prayer list – via the patient’s first name only. When a patient receives the jewelry they are considered “Blinged by a Bling Angel.”

If you know anyone suffering from cancer who might benefit from either program, contact Leon Lejda, oncology social worker, at 1-973-926-7565 or Alyson Slutzky, breast cancer social worker, at 1-973-926-7976.

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