News & Events From The Cooper Foundation
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias: Fighting Women's Cancer for a Decade
As the largest breast and gynecologic cancer fundraiser in the Delaware Valley, Pink Roses Teal Magnolias has inspired thousands of people to support the fight against women's cancer - giving hope to survivors across the region.

Fighting women’s cancer for a decade isn’t just a tagline. It is the power of strength of sisterhood, touched by the exceptional and compassionate work of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

MD Anderson at Cooper has made great advancements in the way women are diagnosed and treated for breast and gynecologic cancer, but there is still more work to be done. By supporting Pink & Teal, you are funding research, c linical trails, advanced technology, the genetics program, complementary medicine, Patient in Need Fund and survivorship programs at MD Anderson at Cooper.

Most importantly, all funds stay local, supporting research, care and programs for women and their families right here in South Jersey.

Join the movement! Attend our 10th Annual Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 27, become a sponsor or make a donation today!
Community Partner Spotlight: The Goddard School of Cherry Hill
Last month, the Goddard School of Cherry Hill hosted a Luau Family Fun Day for a great cause. Parents, children, staff and volunteers enjoyed food, crafts, raffle baskets, a DJ, face painting and more - with event proceeds benefiting the Pink Roses Teal Magnolias fund at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

Elisabeth Simon, Director of the Goddard School of Cherry Hill, said that breast cancer has hit close to home this year, as two of their moms were recently diagnosed. During the year, staff helped keep spirits high with “Wild Wig Wednesdays” where they wore crazy wigs during drop-off to share smiles and show support to those moms in treatment. But Goddard staff took it a step further by turning their end of summer celebration into a fundraiser, raising $2,000 to fight cancer.

“We’re proud to support Pink Roses Teal Magnolias, especially the Patient in Need Fund for mothers,” said Simon. “As a daycare center, to know we are helping women experiencing a financial hardship due to their cancer diagnosis is very meaningful to us.”

The Patient in Need Fund provides small grants to patients at MD Anderson at Cooper who need help paying for basic expenses related to their cancer treatment and recovery.

The Goddard School of Cherry Hill hopes to make this an annual event and looks forward to a continued partnership with Cooper.

If you or your organization/business would like to become a Community Partner,  click here  to learn more and get involved!
Pink & Teal Community Partner Events
Looking to support Pink Roses Teal Magnolias? Join us at a Community Partner event and you can give back by dining, shopping and more!

Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wine Tasting & Shopping Event at Tehen
2076 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Stop by this popular Cherry Hill boutique to sample ONEHOPE wines. Shop while you sip and a portion of wine purchases and 10% of store sales and gift cards will be donated to Pink Roses Teal Magnolias.

Wednesday, October 16 at 11 a.m.
Cards for a Cure - Canasta and Mah Jong
Woodcrest Country Club, 300 E Evesham Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 
Enjoy canasta, mah jong and a delicious luncheon with friends. Proceeds benefit P ink Roses Teal Magnolias. $65 per person and pre-registration is required. RSVP to Vicki Stein at vstein18@aol.com .

Friday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Spice Salon & Chloe’s Boutique Beauty for a Cure
1998 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Visit Spice Salon and Chloe’s Boutique and 10% of all salon services, products, boutique sales and gift cards will be donated to Pink Roses Teal Magnolias. Mention Pink & Teal on Saturday, Oct. 19 to continue the donations! 
Operation Backpack: Cooper Gives Back
The Cooper Foundation's annual Operation Backpack drive was the most successful ever! More than 2,200 backpacks filled with school supplies were collected and distributed to local students. .

From pencils and crayons to notebooks, folders and calculators, Cooper employees showed up in force and donated backpacks and school supplies so that students had the necessary supplies for a successful start to the school year.

The Cooper Foundation distributed backpacks and supplies to the following Camden City schools and area community organizations: 

  • KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy - Lanning Square Primary and Middle School and Whittier Middle School 
  • Cooper Lanning Civic Association
  • Camden Promise Neighborhood Family Success Center
  • Whitman Square Park Back to School Bash
  • Cooper’s Poynt Family School
  • Harry C. Sharp Elementary School
  • Lanning Square West Residents Association
  • Riletta Twyne Cream Early Childhood Center
  • St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society
  • Veterans Memorial Family School
  • All Things Are Possible Foundation in Willingboro
  • Center for Family Services serving Camden, Gloucester & Burlington Counties

Click here for photos from Operation Backpack 2019.
Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Raises
$1 Million Since First Event in 2011
Last week, more than 250 people gathered at Ponzio’s Diner-Bakery-Bar in Cherry Hill for the Ninth Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Benefit Dinner. At the event, Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO of The Cooper Foundation, announced that since its founding in 2011, this annual event has raised a total of $1 million to support lung cancer research at MD Anderson at Cooper, benefiting patients right here in South Jersey.
 
The annual event celebrates the life of Jim Fifis the long-time owner of Ponzio’s who died of lung cancer in 2007. Prior to his passing, Jim Fifis urged his three sons, Chris, Nick and John to advocate for a cure for lung cancer and to raise awareness about the dangers of smoking. 
 
“To raise $1 million in honor of my father is very humbling,” said Nick Fifis. “Our family is committed to supporting lung cancer research so that others may be spared from this devastating disease.”

Click here to view photos from the event.  

*Pictured Above (L-R): Kevin O’Dowd, Co-President of Cooper University Health Care, Dr. Gregory Kubicek, Radiation Oncologist, John Giambanis, Co-Owner of Ponzio’s, Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO of The Cooper Foundation, Chris Fifis, Vi Fifis, John Fifis, Nick Fifis, Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli, Co-President of Cooper University Health Care, and Dr. Generosa Grana Director of the MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.
Advanced Practice Provider Symposium: Registration is Open!
Advanced Practice Provider Symposium
Saturd ay, November 2, 2019
8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Main Lecture Hall, 401 Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103

Cooper University Health Care’s Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Symposium is designed to enhance APP’s knowledge in areas of surgery, osteoporosis, pharmacology, pediatrics, infectious disease and cardiovascular care. This seminar is approved for up to 7 Continuing Education credits (CEU) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits through the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the NJ State Nurses Association. Early Bird Registration available through Sept. 30.

Click here for the Symposium Schedule.
Click here to register.
IN THE NEWS
Valerie Still talks to Camden Girls about Focus, Fun and What They're Worth – Courier Post – Aug. 15 – "We are getting ready to light up Camden," Valerie Still told the gym full of young girls from the city on Wednesday afternoon.

VIDEO: Cooper Medical School Receives National Honor for Community Outreach – Fox 29 – Aug. 20

VIDEO: The Cooper Foundation Sponsors Operation Backpack – CBS3 – Aug.27

Cooper Announces Relief Fun for Bahamas Support After Hurricane Dorian – Tap into Camden – Sept. 12 – Cooper University Health Care, through The Cooper Foundation, has established a Bahamian relief fund to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Dorian after it hit the island nation, Cooper Health Chairman George E. Norcross III announced.

LISTEN: South Jersey Hospital Raises Funds for Dorian Victims in the Bahamas – KYW Newsradio – Sept. 14 The Cooper Foundation has established a Bahamian Relief Fund.
LAST LOOK
On Aug. 27, The Cooper Foundation hosted the Seventh Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Program featuring Rana Awdish, MD, author of  In Shock , her
best-selling memoir based on her first-hand account of going from a young critical care physician to a dying patient in an instant. More than 200 medical students, physicians and members of the Cooper community attended to hear how Awdish’s near-death experience fuels her practice of empathy, communication and connection while caring for her patients. 

Pictured Above (left to right): Arthur Berkowitz, Dr. Rana Awdish, Barbara Berkowitz and Lisa Berkowitz.

Click here for more photos for the event.
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