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August 21, 2017

Your Monthly Round-Up of Stories From
The Cooper Foundation


In This Issue:

Join The Fight Against Lung Cancer
Pink & Teal Brunch - Register Today! Meet Pink And Teal Hero, Maria Metzler, RN
Featured Donor: Bryan Butler Cooper Receives $2.2M Donation - Stem Cell Research
Become A Volunteer Tutor Cooper Foundation Announces Research Grants
AZ Cardinal Haason Reddick Joins CHAA From Our Inbox In Loving Memory
In The News


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Please join us for the 7th Annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund Dinner on Tuesday, September 19 at Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill.


The Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund supports lung cancer research at
MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, South Jersey’s most comprehensive resource for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.


The Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund was created in honor and memory of Jim Fifis, beloved husband and father who lost his battle with lung cancer ten years ago. Ponzio's and the Fifis Family underwrites the entire dinner - 100% of your donation supports the cause.


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The Cooper Foundation’s Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch is the largest fundraiser for both breast and gynecological cancer in the Delaware Valley.


Have you ever wondered - What is Pink & Teal? Watch our video to find out.


Join us on Sunday, October 29, at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, as we honor four MD Anderson Cooper Pink and Teal Heroes:

• Katherine Hansen, DO, Breast Surgeon
• Catherine Loveland-Jones, MD, MS, Breast Surgeon
• Maria Metzler, RN, Oncology Infusion Nurse
• Colleen Tegeler, RT, (R) (T), Director, Radiation Oncology


Click here to join the fight against breast and gynecological cancer today!


All donations to Pink and Teal stay local, right here at MD Anderson at Cooper. Your donation supports research, complementary medicine, new technology, support services, our Survivor Program and our Patient in Need fund.



Q & A with Pink and Teal Hero Maria Metzler

Maria Metzler, RN, OCN, is an oncology infusion nurse at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper and a 2017 Pink and Teal Hero. Get to know Maria with this short Q & A as she talks about her personal connection to ovarian cancer, her philosophy of work and life, and reveals how she met her husband of 29 years. You’ll get a kick out of it!


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Photo L to R: Sue and Bryan Butler sitting next to the dedicated bench in the Forman Family Tranquility Garden at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.


Bryan Butler wanted to do something special to honor his wife, Sue, and show his appreciation for all she has done over their 37 years together.


Sue has been a nurse at Cooper since 1987 and eight years ago, she was treated at Cooper for breast cancer.


So when Bryan learned of the opportunity to dedicate a bench in the Forman Family Tranquility Garden at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper to Sue, he knew it was the perfect gift.


“I wanted to donate to Cooper because they have been very good to Sue,” said Bryan. “She works extremely hard and is a great wife and mother. I’m so lucky to have her.”


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Cooper Foundation Receives $2.2 Million Donation to Fund Stem Cell Research


Photo L to R: Igor Kuzin, MD, PhD, Research Scientist; Zeus Antonello, PhD, Research Scientist; Richard D. Lackman, MD, Director, Orthopaedic Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper; and Spencer Brown, PhD, Research Director, Surgery Department.


The Cooper Foundation has received a gift of $2.2 million to fund specialized research to explore the role of a unique line of stem cells in certain cancers, wound healing, and vision.


The funding was provided by a grateful former patient of Richard D. Lackman, MD, Director of Orthopaedic Oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, who wishes to remain anonymous. Dr. Lackman is an internationally known clinical leader and expert in the treatment of sarcomas – one of three areas the research will focus on.


“I am very excited that this generous donation will allow a rigorous inquiry into a new stem cell and its possible special role inthe development of sarcomas, and other organs undergoing fibrosis, as well as its possible impact on wound healing,” said Dr. Lackman. “This three pronged approach will serve as a platform and catalyst to advance the field of stem cell research and further explore the role of Myo/Nog cells.”


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Cooper Foundation Announces Research Grants

The Cooper Foundation recently announced the recipients of the Foundation’s 2017 grant awards.


Congratulations to Dr. Tulin Budak-Alpdogan, Dr. J. Hope Kilgannon, Dr. Kamyar Nader, Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, Dr. Andrea Russo, Dr. David Warshal and Dr. Perry Weinstock.


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Arizona Cardinals Linebacker Haason Reddick

at Camden Health & Athletic Assocation Mini-Camp


Arizona Cardinals linebacker and Camden native Haason Reddick returned to his hometown last month to join the Camden Health & Athletic Association (CHAA) in hosting a football skills and drills mini-camp for Camden youth.


An alum of Haddon Heights High School and Temple University, Reddick was selected 13th overall by the Arizona Cardinals in this year’s NFL draft.


“Camden will always be my home, and I am committed to giving back to the city that made me who I am today,” said Reddick. “Thanks to organizations like the Camden Health & Athletic Association, Camden is rising and providing young people with opportunities to succeed on and off the playing field.”


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Become a Volunteer Tutor, Help Camden Students Succeed

As KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy embarks on its third academic year, tutoring opportunities are available for individuals interested in helping Camden students succeed.


KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy also offers a mentoring program for its students. We are proud of the 20 Cooper employees who volunteer as mentors to middle school students.


If you are interested in volunteering as a tutor or mentor, contact Sydney Maisel at 717.497.3452 or


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Why People Give

“Enclosed is a gift honoring Nancy's father, George Brantz, who recently died from pancreatic cancer. We wish to thank, with great appreciation, the wonderful care he received from the chemo-infusion nurses as well as the kindness of the non-nursing 3rd floor staff. We are also grateful for Dr. Hageboutros’ care.” – Fredric and Nancy Ginsberg


“Maria Metzler took care of me throughout my chemo journey. She was informative, compassionate, professional and ever so absolutely sweet. She is my Maria. Today, almost three years later, I make sure I see her when I go to the infusion center for my port flush. Thank you for being there for myself and my family.” – Merle Penny Sass


“Every single nurse on the 9th Floor was instrumental in my recovery, it was a team effort, I want to make sure they all know how appreciative I am of the exceptional care I received while I was there. I had never heard of Cooper Hospital before but quickly came to find out I was in the best place I could have been sent to for my illness.” – Robert Gabel


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One way to express condolences and support the future of medicine at Cooper University Health Care at the same time is to make a gift to The Cooper Foundation. We are honored to share in keeping the memory of a loved one alive.


In Loving Memory:


Frank. C. “Lucky” Cardone, of West Deptford, NJ - Frank proudly served in the Army National Guard and was a member of the Doo Wop Hall of Fame in Wildwood, NJ. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting, and supported the conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited. His wife Carol works at Ponzio’s in Cherry Hill.


Debbie Sheffield of Collingswood, NJ - Debbie enjoyed cooking and traveling, as well as playing cards and doing crafts with her friends.


To learn more about making a gift in honor or memory of a loved one, click here.



In The News

∙ The Top Five Things To Prevent Cancer - SJ Magazine – August 2017: Experts from MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper explain five ways to reduce your risk. Read More


∙ $2.2 Million Donation To Stem Cell Research At Cooper - CBSPhilly – July 13, 2017 by David Madden: A private donation of more than $2 million will help stem cell research at one South Jersey hospital. Read More


∙ Camden Health & Athletic Association Teams With Arizona Linebacker Haason Reddick For Football Mini Camp - NBC10 – July 8, 2017: More than 100 Camden kids participate in CHAA football mini camp with first-round draft pick and Camden native. Watch Video


∙ Kids And Cops Bond At Camden Block Party And Ball Game - – July 2, 2017 by Rebecca Everett: Families in one city neighborhood got a nice surprise when Camden County police officers fired up the grills and handed out balls and Frisbees for an afternoon block party. View Photos


∙ What Happened When Camden Started Rethinking Policing To Build Trust - PBS News Hour – June 30, 2017: New procedures aim to bring police into closer face-to-face interactions with the people they serve in order to foster good relationships. Watch Video

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