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October 29, 2017 Kim Maialetti
  Wendy Marano


Cooper Foundation’s Eighth Annual
Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch Raises $800,000 for
Breast, Gynecologic Cancer Research, Care at
MD Anderson Cooper

CAMDEN, NJ— Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, announced today that the Eighth Annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch raised $800,000 for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.

“Pink Roses Teal Magnolias is the largest and most successful fundraiser benefitting breast and gynecologic cancer in the Delaware Valley,” said Levin, an ovarian cancer survivor. “It is a way for people to celebrate survivorship, remember loved ones and make a difference. Every dollar raised helps save lives right here in our local community.”

Eight hundred and fifty people attended this year’s brunch held at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J. The event honored Katherine Hansen, DO, and Catherine E. Loveland-Jones, MD, both breast surgeons; Maria Metzler, RN, Oncology Infusion Nurse, and Colleen Tegeler, RT, Director of Radiation Oncology, with the Pink and Teal Hero Award for their outstanding contributions to cancer care and treatment.

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“Pink Roses Teal Magnolias is helping us make cancer history,” said Generosa Grana, MD, Executive Director of MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “Today there are more than 3.1 million breast and gynecologic cancer survivors in the United States thanks to advancements in screening, treatment and ongoing research like Pink and Teal supports.”

This year’s fundraising event included a Survivors March to recognize all cancer survivors in attendance, a health fair, raffles, a silent auction and a live quilt auction. The event also featured inspiring stories from four cancer survivors Sallie Gorohoff, Susan Nurge, Priscilla “Pris” Pharo, and Carole Smith.

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Since the first brunch in 2010, fundraising for Pink Roses Teal Magnolias has totaled $ 4.5 million. Funds have been used to support research; new technology; the Patient In Need Fund; the Survivorship Program, and the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine program, including the Tea Cart, in which employees volunteer to serve snacks to patients and their families during chemotherapy.

“I am grateful to our community for its ongoing support for MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of Cooper University Health Care. “MD Anderson Cooper is a leader in cancer care and is proud to offer the latest diagnostic and treatment tools to help patients and families conquer this disease.”

The brunch was co-chaired by community members Donna Forman, Cherry Hill; Ilene Grossman, Voorhees; Janet Knowles, Moorestown; Josephine McGinniss, Mount Laurel; Carolyn Shelby, Westampton and Mary Ann Todd, Marlton, along with MD Anderson Cooper leaders Generosa Grana, MD, Kristin Brill MD, Francis Spitz, MD, David Warshal, MD, and Senior Vice President Christine Winn.

Click here to watch the 2017 Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Survivor Stories & March

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About The Cooper Foundation/Cooper University Health Care
The Cooper Foundation serves as the philanthropic, community outreach and community development arm of Cooper University Health Care, one of the largest health systems in southern New Jersey with over 100 outpatient offices and its flagship, Cooper University Hospital located in Camden, N.J. Cooper University Hospital is the premier university hospital serving South Jersey and the Delaware Valley. Cooper has 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. Cooper is renowned for signature programs in cardiology, cancer, critical care, pediatrics, trauma, orthopaedics and neurosciences. Cooper 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.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
In September 2013, Cooper University Health Care and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, partnered to create MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. Since U.S. News & World Report began its annual “Best Hospitals” survey in 1990, MD Anderson has consistently been named one of the top two cancer hospitals in the nation, receiving the top position nine times in the last 10 years. This partnership is a full clinical integration of the MD Anderson program at Cooper with the program in Houston. MD Anderson Cooper physicians adhere to the same philosophy, processes and guidelines set by MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, and patients receive the same proven practice standards and treatment plans provided at MD Anderson. Today at MD Anderson Cooper, patients have access to more clinical trials for more types of cancer than ever before, as well as a full range of supportive care services. Advanced, comprehensive cancer services are provided at our Camden, Voorhees and Willingboro locations. The Cooper Digestive Health Institute is an accredited MD Anderson Cooper location for innovative gastrointestinal cancer prevention, detection and treatment services. Additional cancer clinical services are provided at locations throughout South Jersey.