News & Events From the Cooper Foundation
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Unique Boutique and Quilt Show This Weekend! 
Join us Saturday, Sept. 29 for our first-ever Unique Boutique and Quilt Show benefiting the Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Fund for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical care at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

This special fundraiser will be hosted by Pink and Teal Committee co-chairs Carolyn Shelby and Janet Knowles, who is opening up her one-of-a-kind home in Moorestown – a former carriage house and stable built in the 1800s – for this event.

The Unique Boutique and Quilt Show will feature handcrafted items of all kinds and more than 65 quilts that have been donated by quilters, quilt guilds and cancer survivors from across South Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and even as far away as Wisconsin.

“September is ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, and an ovarian cancer survivor. “When you purchase a handcrafted item or quilt, donated by talented local artists, you will join the fight against cancer.” 

The Unique Boutique and Quilt Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 444 Shady Lane, Moorestown, N.J. 08057. Admission to the Unique Boutique and Quilt Show is a $10 donation.

Want to keep shopping? On Friday, Oct. 4, we will host a Shop for a Cure event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Finally Boutique, 2083 Rt. 70, in Cherry Hill. Twenty percent of your total purchase will be donated to Pink Roses Teal Magnolias.

Thanks to our event co-chairs Donna Forman, Meryl Greene, Ilene Grossman, Marlyn Kalitan, Alison Platt-Tarnopol, Marlene Rubin and Ann Simon! 
Willingboro Senior Center Quilters Join the Fight Against Cancer 
When Winifred Thomas learned from her daughter that The Cooper Foundation was holding a quilt show to fight breast and gynecologic cancer, she knew her quilting group would want to donate.

“Somebody always knows somebody affected by cancer,” said Thomas, who leads the Willingboro Senior Center Quilters. “We’re all seniors. We’re all going through something.”

The group sewed and donated several quilts that will be for sale at the Foundation’s first-ever Unique Boutique and Quilt Show on Saturday, Sept. 29 , including a quilt that at least 10 members of the group had a hand in making.

“When you’re quilting, you’re basically cutting up fabric and sewing it back together,” said Thomas. “But it’s how you sew it back together that makes it special.”

Winifred Thomas (bottom left) with the Willingboro Senior Center Quilters 
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias – Your Gifts at Work 
When you give to the Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Fund – whether by purchasing a ticket to the Pink and Teal Brunch on Oct. 28, becoming a brunch sponsor, taking a chance on a raffle or joining as a community partner – you support women in the fight against breast and gynecologic cancer.

What’s more, all proceeds stay local, benefiting patients and their families right here in our South Jersey community.

Proceeds from Pink Roses Teal Magnolias fund:

  • Innovative research that results in better treatments and bring us closer to a cure.

  • Small grants through the Patient in Need Fund to patients in financial distress who need help paying for prescriptions, transportation, utility bills and food.

  • The Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program, which offers a variety of mind-body therapies to enhance the quality of life for those living with cancer.

  • Breast surgery oncology fellowship under the direction of Dr. Kristin Brill that provides extensive surgical and multidisciplinary training to prepare fellows to become leaders in the management of breast disease. 

Make a contribution to Pink Roses Teal Magnolias today and make a difference in the lives of patients forever.

Critical Care Physician Shares Stories in Sixth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Program 
Daniela Lamas, MD, author of You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor's Stories of Life, Death, and in Between , was the featured speaker for the Sixth Annual Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Program earlier this month.

In her lecture entitled Opening the Door: Writing the Stories of Life, Death and in Between, Lamas, a pulmonary and critical care doctor at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School, discussed her innovative approach to caring for patients who are struggling to cope with the challenges of life with a chronic illness.

The Berkowitz Family Foundation Lecture Program is presented by The Cooper Foundation, Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, and funded by The Berkowitz Family Foundation.

Pictured from left to right: Annette Reboli, MD, Dean, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University; Adrienne Kirby, Executive Chairman and CEO, Cooper University Health Care; Mark Angelo, MD, Cooper University Health Care;Daniela Lamas, MD; Barbara Berkowitz; Arthur Berkowitz, and Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO, The Cooper Foundation 

Operation Backpack Delivers New Backpacks, School Supplies to Camden Students 
The Cooper Foundation recently distributed more than 1,300 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy as part of the Foundation’s annual Operation Backpack drive. 

The backpacks and supplies were donated by Cooper University Health Care employees. Thanks to their generosity, every student received a backpack with all the necessary supplies for a successful start to the school year.

From left to right: Camden City Councilwoman and Lanning Square Resident Shelia Davis, Cooper Foundation President and CEO Susan Bass Levin, Cooper Plaza Resident Sheila Roberts, and Camden City Councilwoman Dana Burley with KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy students. 
Featured Donor: Rosemarie Diamond 
Longtime Pink Roses Teal Magnolias supporter Rosemarie Diamond remembers the first time she attended the Pink and Teal Brunch.

She was invited by her friend and family member Mary Ann Todd, a Pink and Teal Co-Chair and breast cancer survivor.

“I was so inspired by the brunch, and by everything Cooper was doing to support people battling cancer,” Diamond said. “Yet I also realized how pervasive the disease is and how much work was ahead of us.”

Diamond has since invited guests of her own to attend the brunch and has given generously both personally and through her law firm Phelan Hallinan Diamond & Jones PC.

Last year, she was the lucky winner of two, first class round-trip United Airlines tickets as part of a raffle to support Pink and Teal.

Diamond said the stories shared by cancer survivors at the brunch each year bring tears to her eyes, but also strengthen her resolve to do more.

Blood Test Could Be ‘Holy Grail’ for Lung Cancer Screenings – PhillyVoice – Sept. 7 – By John Kopp – Clinical trial for blood test to further improve lung cancer screenings launching at health facilities across the nation, including MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. 

Interim Superintendent Ready to Take Reins of Camden School System – Courier-Post – Sept. 4 – By Phaedra Trethan – The Courier-Post sat down with Interim Superintendent of the Camden School District Katrina McCombs ahead of the start of the 2018-19 school year.

KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy Students Get Free Backpacks, School Supplies – Tap into Camden – Aug. 28, 2018 – by George Woolston – The school year got off to another strong start for the students at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy John Greenleaf Whittier school on Tuesday morning thanks to donations from the Cooper Foundation.
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