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November 13, 2017

Your Monthly Round-Up of Stories From
The Cooper Foundation


In This Issue:

Help Children in Need on #GivingTuesday Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive Underway
Cooper Promotes Anti-Bullying CampaignPink & Teal Raises $805,000!
Featured Donor: Pemberton Twp. High School and History Teacher Theresa Harris
Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner Raises $110,000
Cooper Receives $12,000 in Honor of Former CamCo Freeholder Riletta L. Cream
Child Life Program Receives Halloween Treat
Women’s Board Spreads Warmth, Cheer to Pediatric Patients
Puerto Rico Needs Your Help We're In The News



Celebrate #GivingTuesday this year by donating a book, game or toy to the Johnny M. Playroom at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper and help children in need.


The Johnny M. Playroom is an important part of Cooper's Child Life Program, which provides physical, emotional and psychosocial support to children and their families during their hospital stay.


In addition to Legos, dolls, and PlayStation 4 games, new pajamas in all sizes are at the top of this year’s wish lists.


“It can be really hard to play and be a kid in a hospital gown,” said Brittany Spaeth, Child Life Manager.


To view our wish lists or to make a gift to support the Child Life Program at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper, click here.


For more information about #GivingTuesday, contact Mary Grace Perry at or 856.342.2222.



Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive Underway

The Cooper Foundation is partnering with Barnes & Noble in Deptford to collect books for pediatric patients at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.


It’s easy to help! While you are shopping at Barnes & Noble in Deptford this holiday season, simply buy a book through Dec. 31 for a child in need. Barnes & Noble will deliver the books to the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Give the gift of reading!


Click here for directions.



Cooper Promotes

Anti-Bullying Message in Advance of Nationwide Movie Release

Cooper University Health Care’s Regional Cleft-Craniofacial Program recently presented a “Choose Kindness,” anti-bullying assembly for 7th and 8th grade students at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.


Each of the students at KIPP received the book, WONDER, a bookmark, and signed an anti-bullying pledge. The books were provided by a grant from The Cooper Foundation. Additional copies of the books are being donated to other local schools.


The assembly was part of a series of events at local schools and Cooper outpatient offices highlighting a "choose kindness" anti-bullying message in advance of the nationwide release of the movie WONDER.


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Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Raises $805,000
to Help Fight Cancer


Thanks to your generous support, Pink Roses Teal Magnolias has become the largest fundraiser for breast and gynecologic cancer in the Delaware Valley.


This year, our Pink and Teal campaign raised $805,000 for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Click here to view our sponsors.


Donations to Pink and Teal support research, patient care, the survivor program and our Patient-In-Need Fund, assisting patients in financial distress with transportation, childcare, medication and other pressing needs.


Every dollar raised helps save lives right here in our local community.


More than 850 people attended the Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch on Oct. 29, and hundreds of others participated in fundraising events hosted by our Pink and Teal community partners. Click here to view our community partners. You don’t have to wait until next year to help, you can donate anytime. Interested in hosting an event or special fundraising drive to support the Pink and Teal campaign? Contact Tara Elk at for more information.


Mark your calendars for next year’s Pink and Teal Brunch – Sunday, Oct. 28!


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Pemberton Township High School and
History Teacher Theresa Harris


Every Wednesday this October, the faculty at Pemberton Township High School pulled on their pink T-shirts and dropped a few dollars into the jar in the school office to help fight breast cancer.


In years past, they donated the money they collected to a national breast cancer organization, but this year they decided to donate closer to home and support MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.


“We wanted to give back locally and to support care that helps us and our community,” said history teacher and organizer Theresa Harris. “By giving to MD Anderson Cooper maybe more people will benefit.”


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Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner Raises $110,000

Photo L to R: Chris Fifis, Cooper Foundation Board of Trustee; John Fifis; Susan Bass Levin, President & CEO, The Cooper Foundation; Phil Norcross, Chairman, The Cooper Foundation Board of Trustees; Vi Fifis; George E. Norcross, III, Chairman, Board of Trustees, The Cooper Health System; Nick Fifis and John Giambanis.


More than 300 people attended the 7th Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner at Ponzio’s in September, raising $110,000 to support the Lung Cancer Program at MD Anderson Cooper.


Thank you to the Fifis family for hosting the event and to everyone who donated to make it a success.


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Cooper Foundation Receives $12,000 in Honor of Former CamCo Freeholder Riletta L. Cream

Donations received in honor of former Camden County Freeholder and longtime educator Riletta L. Cream’s 90th Birthday will be used for two important Camden initiatives: a new workforce development program dedicated to Camden residents and new books at the newly restored KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy John Greenleaf Whittier School library, where Ms. Cream attended elementary school and started her teaching career.


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Child Life Program Receives Halloween Treat

Thank you to Omni Daymon employees in Philadelphia who delivered Halloween toys and trinkets for the Child Life Program at Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. Trick-or-treat buckets, glow-in-the-dark sticks, necklaces and festive decorations helped our pediatric patients enjoy a happy Halloween.



Women’s Board Spreads Warmth, Cheer to Pediatric Patients

The Cooper Foundation Women’s Board has been busy helping our littlest patients by donating handmade cozies to the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper. The colorful blankets bring warmth and cheer to our littlest patients.


And Women's Board answered the call from Cooper's Child Life Specialist with a generous donation of new costumes for patients who were in the hospital on Halloween.



Puerto Rico Needs Your Help

It's not too late to help the people of Puerto Rico who have suffered devastating losses from Hurricane Maria. We are sending donations to Puerto Rico to be distributed by the United for Puerto Rico Foundation and the Salvation Army in Puerto Rico.


Cooper University Health Care, with support from the Norcross Foundation, recently delivered food, water, clothing and supplies to the devastated island.


To donate to the Puerto Rico Fund, click here.



We're In The News

∙ More Than 900 Attend Cooper Foundation’s Annual Pink and Teal Event - 6 ABC / PHL 17: The Cooper Foundation’s 8th Annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch is featured on Action News. Watch Video


∙ New Camden Program Promises Residents Free Education – and a Healthcare Job - PhillyVoice – October 24, 2017 by John Kopp: PhillyVoice reporter John Kopp writes about the Cooper Health Careers Initiative, which places Camden City residents into a certificate program in medical coding at Camden County College and also promises employment with Cooper University Health Care. Read More


∙ What Scrappy Camden Offers Amazon Others Can’t: A Chance to Lift Up an Entire City - The Philadelphia Inquirer – October 14, 2017 – by Kevin Riordan: Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Kevin Riordan roots for Camden in this piece about why Amazon should locate its headquarters in the City Invincible. Read More


∙ Supplies Collected by Camden Volunteers Delivered to Puerto Rican Authorities - PhillyVoice – October 10, 2017 by Kevin C. Shelly: Critical supplies delivered by two corporate jets laden with tons of supplies from volunteers in Camden County have made their way to Puerto Rican authorities for distribution. The humanitarian mission had support from Cooper University Hospital, the Norcross Foundation and the Michaels Organization. Read More

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