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The Catalyst - An eNewsletter for Friends of The Cooper Foundation
September 2015
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 A Welcome Message from Susan Bass Levin

Welcome to the September issue of The Catalyst, the monthly E-Newsletter that keeps you up to date on all the great things happening at The Cooper Foundation and provides news on the exciting advancements in medicine taking place every day at Cooper University Health Care

The Foundation is the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey.

Cooper is renowned for signature programs in cardiology, cancer, critical care, pediatrics, trauma, orthopedics and neurosciences and is also home to the only state designated Children’s Hospital in South Jersey—the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.

Over the last decade, Cooper has transformed its Camden City neighborhood into the Cooper Health Sciences Campus. In October 2013, the new MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, a freestanding cancer center for comprehensive care, opened on the Health Sciences Campus.

Cooper has also reaffirmed its role as a leader in medical education and research with the opening of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in 2012, the first four-year allopathic medical school in South Jersey.

Your donations throughout the year support the life-saving research and treatment offered at Cooper and helps transform the local community.

Continue reading Susan's message and learn the many ways for you to get involved and make a difference in the lives of patients and families.


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Your Gifts at Work in the Fight Against Lung Cancer

When you donate to the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund, you are helping experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper defeat one of South Jersey’s deadliest diseases.

Your gift provides support to lung cancer clinical research programs, the High Risk Lung Cancer Screening Program and the utilization of several innovative diagnostic tools for the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer, including Endobronchial Ultrasound.

To read more about these life-saving programs, click here.

To purchase tickets to the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner at Ponzio’s on Tuesday, Sept. 29, click here.

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Celebrating the Dedication of KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy

On September 16, local, state and U.S. leaders joined students, parents and teachers in celebrating the dedication of the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy.

The new 110,000-square-foot school building offers modern classrooms with state-of-the-art technology, art and music rooms, science labs, a cafeteria and auditorium space as well as a gym. The campus also features extensive recreational facilities including playing fields, outdoor basketball courts, and play areas for younger students.

The new academy offers guaranteed enrollment to children in Camden’s Lanning Square and Cooper Plaza neighborhoods and is currently serving approximately 700 students in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grades and in fifth through eighth grades. In addition, the Camden School District is using the building to serve children in grades second, third and fourth.

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Less Than Two Weeks Left! Join the Cornerstone Society Today!

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to become a founding member of the Cornerstone Society, a philanthropic initiative supporting the life-saving work of MD Anderson Cooper.

Donors who join before Oct. 1 will have their name on the inaugural wall. Multiple membership levels are available to accommodate a range of tax-deductible giving preferences. Gifts can be pledged over several years.

Click here to learn more about the Cornerstone Society and benefits of membership.

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Operation Backpack a Success

The Cooper Foundation earlier this month distributed 600 backpacks filled with school supplies to students at KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy. The backpacks and supplies were donated by Cooper University Health Care employees, the Woman’s Board Committee of The Cooper Foundation, and Joseph Jingoli and Sons, Inc., and Staples Advantage.

Thank you to Congressman Donald Norcross, Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Camden City Council President Frank Moran for joining us. Check out these great photos!

Feratured Donor: The Fifis Family

In memory of the late Ponzio’s owner Jim Fifis, his family founded the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper in 2010. Since then, they have helped raise $400,000 to ensure patients have access to the most advanced and most up-to-date lung cancer care available.

Read this SNJ Business People story about the Fifis family and learn more about how you can join them in honoring their Dad’s final wish – to find a cure for lung cancer.

Bras for a Cause October 14

The South Jersey Women’s Council of Realtors will be donating the proceeds from its third annual Bras for a Cause event to Pink Roses Teal Magnolias. Local companies and individuals rally together and sponsor a bra that they have either created or decorated to be modeled – BY MEN – and auctioned off to the highest bidder. 

For tickets and more information
click here.

Shop for a Cure at the Shops at Lee Newman Plaza

Freshen up your look for fall while joining the fight against breast and gynecological cancer. From now through October 26 The Shops at Lee Newman Plaza on Route 70 in Cherry Hill will donate 10 percent of its sales proceeds to Pink Roses Teal Magnolias. Just be sure to mention you are a friend of The Cooper Foundation.

For your special invitation to an exclusive cocktail and shopping party on Oct. 16, click here.

Brunch Can Be A Lifesaver
October 25

Reserve your tickets now for the
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch on Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill. All proceeds will benefit breast and gynecological cancer programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

The Healing Power of Art

Did you know that infusing a patient’s experience with artwork can improve recovery and outlook? Physically, spiritually and emotionally, art can heal.

You can support and view our
Artful Healing initiative at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper by becoming a Patron of the Arts. Your gift will be honored by an elegant plaque mounted adjacent to a framed artwork of your choosing with your name engraved.

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