It’s #hip to be #healthy, and #HipNJ is helping fight breast cancer by celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Connie Dwyer Breast Center!
Opened in 2005, The Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility providing expert diagnosis and treatment of breast disease. Further, the Center stresses prevention, early detection, and educational outreach programs in northern New Jersey.
#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino got to know the inspiring namesake of the Center, Connie Dwyer, and how she turned her unfortunate diagnosis into something remarkable.
In 1999, Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had both breasts removed and underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy. While in treatment, she became aware of the financial and emotional anguish patients have to endure on top of all their physical changes.
“The Breast Center has given me a wonderful opportunity to give back to others,” Connie said. “It has also given me a platform to teach my [12!] grandchildren by example in what to do in life.”
Reflecting back on the past ten years, Connie had no idea the Center would grow the way it did.
“I thought we would help a handful of women around Newark, yet today we’re doing 20,000 procedures a year for women all around the state.”
Since the Center’s inception, they have managed to raise over eight million dollars to ensure patients are treated with the best care and latest technology.
“The generosity of our donors is overwhelming to me. It makes me so proud that people are so giving to those they don’t even know, year after year.”
For more on The Connie Dwyer Breast Center, log onto SMMCNJ.org/Services/Breast.