Perth Amboy Named “Superstar” In Fight Against Breast Cancer

PERTH AMBOY — In the eyes of executives at the Central and South Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, the City of Perth Amboy is a true “superstar.”

Last month, the group presented the city with the “Komen Superstar Award” for organizing the Central New Jersey Pink Ribbon Run for the past two years. The run raised more than $40,000 toward breast cancer awareness in each year.


Established in 2008 as a way to honor outstanding affiliate supporters, the Superstar Award recognized five individuals and organizations for their fundraising contributions, breast cancer awareness efforts and volunteerism.

“We are humbled by this recognition,” said Helga Van Eckert, head of the city’s office of economic/community development and redevelopment and race co-chair. “Breast cancer has affected so many families in our community. The time and energy the city spent making the run a success was the least we could do to help such a worthwhile cause.”

Perth Amboy, along with several other organizations, was presented with the award at the Komen celebration at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village in May. The event was the Central and South Jersey Affiliate’s annual “thank you” party for its dedicated patrons.

Volunteers, team captains, community partners and corporate sponsors were invited to the reception, which included an address from Nancy K. Healey, executive director, outlining 2010 successes and plans for the coming year.

“It is because of the generosity of those such as the City of Perth Amboy that we were able to reach 45,000 women in 2010 with life-saving breast cancer education and screening programs from Somerset to Cape May Counties,” said Healey.

Perth Amboy held its second annual “Central New Jersey Pink Ribbon 5K Run and 1-mile Health Walk” in September of 2010. More than 600 runners took to the city’s Harborwalk, which is more than a mile long with scenic views of the Arthur Kill, Raritan Bay and the Raritan River.

Most of the money that was raised was returned to the local area for breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. This is especially important in setting such as Perth Amboy because urban residents are less likely than other groups to take the time and expense to have life-saving breast screenings.

In addition to the City of Perth Amboy, the Susan G. Komen affiliate honored the Readington Recreation Department’s Cynthia K. Critelli Basketball Tournament, JFK Medical Center in Edison, Liz Thomas of the Jackson Education Association, Nancy Hincherick and Barbara Curtis.

In addition to these New Jersey “Komen Superstars,” the top Race for the Cure fundraisers and teams were acknowledged at the event.

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