Jefferson Health New Jersey Hosts 10th Annual ‘Tree of Lights’ Event at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township

November 20, 2019

On Tuesday, November 19, staff, patients, family members and friends gathered at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township as Jefferson Health New Jersey hosted its 10th annual “Tree of Lights” remembrance celebration. Attendees celebrated the lives of loved ones who are battling, or have battled, cancer by symbolically placing an ornament on the tree.

The popular holiday event benefits the Cancer Center’s Patient Assistance Fund, which provides support to patients’ families in need during treatment (i.e., housing, utility bills, transportation, etc.).

“This event is incredibly important to our cancer programs, patients, and the community. Not only does it allow people to reflect on their loved ones, but it allows our physicians to see the impact they have made,” said Rob Davis, Jefferson NJ VP of Product Lines. “It’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season, and we look forward to it every year.”

The tree lighting ceremony followed remarks by Jeffrey A. Dubnow, Associate VP of Development, Jefferson Health Foundation – New Jersey; Dr. Ana María López, Medical Director of the Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite and Chief of Cancer Services; and Radiation Oncologist Dr. William Ross Green. 

“It is a great honor to serve this community as healthcare professionals. We are committed to growing, healing, and creating health with you,” said Dr. Lopez. “Ultimately, we are gathered here because of one simple thing: love.”

Additionally, a blessing was given by Deacon Larry Farmer of Saint Charles Borromeo Church (Sicklerville, NJ), as well as touching musical performances by singer Mike Jones, of Washington Township, and Kidz4Cuz (a local children’s choir) of the Yo Cuz! Foundation.

“Each year, this event truly signifies that, when living through cancer and other life-threatening diseases, you are not alone. You don’t ever have to be alone,” said Dubnow.

Shown above: Shelley Fralinger, Chief Radiation Therapist at SKCC-WT, placing an ornament on the “Tree of Lights.”

To learn more about ways to give at Jefferson Health New Jersey, click HERE. For more information on cancer services offered at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, click HERE or call 856-218-5324.