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Connie Dwyer Breast Center Set to Open at Trinitas

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Connie Dwyer, a known philanthropist, will be opening her second Breast Center in early October. The Center is located at the main campus of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth

Just last year, we had the pleasure of previewing the new Breast Center at Trinitas while gaining a great understanding of Connie’s reasoning behind starting the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation. Connie herself suffered from breast cancer, which was life changing for her. She was first diagnosed in 1999 and had a double mastectomy. Her own battle caused her to become mindful of the other women out there fighting breast cancer, especially those who come from low-income backgrounds. She feels that EVERY woman who has breast cancer should be able to tell their story just like she has. She believes that they should not be denied proper care due to certain circumstances. 

Often times, women from disadvantaged backgrounds do not have access to the services needed to treat breast cancer, and therefore their stories are never heard. They don’t even have the option to help themselves. This is why the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation specifically helps women in need, ensuring that they are receiving the proper care. This includes screening, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as, community outreach and education programs. The Breast Center is state of the art, with innovative technology such as 3D imaging, and highly qualified, bilingual specialists. 

Connie Dwyer’s story is one of determination, bravery, and resilience. Because of her, hundreds, even millions of women will be able to share their journeys and battles with the world, encouraging even more to step up and help others who are in need. We are so excited to see the finished Breast Center next month and even more excited about the fact that more and more women will be able to receive assistance. 

The Connie Dwyer Breast Center

Meet the NEW Connie Dwyer Breast Center

November 1st not only marked the beginning of the Holiday season (too soon?), but for many families affected by breast cancer, the real gift is knowing that November 1st also marked the beginning of an important fundraising campaign that will bring the Connie Dwyer Breast Center, a state-of-the-art breast health facility sponsored by the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation, to the Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, NJ.

During each Tuesday in November, there will be pop-up party locations staged at Bloomingdale’s Short Hills. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in different activities for varying amounts of donation. With a minimum donation of $1, visitors will be gifted with Smarties® candy. For a donation of $5, attendees will receive goodies and/or gift cards from partnering brands and businesses, while supplies last. For $10 or more, participants will be entered-to-win a gift from Bloomingdale’s Short Hills.  Anyone who visits the pop-up location will be encouraged to partake in an interactive photo booth that will tie directly to the Trinitas social media awareness campaign running online.  

The campaign will conclude on the national day #GivingTuesday, November 28. On that day, there will be a live Facebook event hosted by New York Giants legend Ottis Anderson and other guests that will encourage viewers to donate funds through the Trinitas Health Foundation website portal.

Donations to the campaign will be collected all month long, and every bit counts – Donate today! And for more information about the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation, visit CDBF.org.

Remembering Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor

Jan Huston-Pryor, beloved mother, wife, and doctor, tragically passed away this week. #HipNJ would like to tell you about her life, her family, and her incredible work.  

Her husband, Jonathan Pryor, her confidante and nanny, Amy Kolb, her twelve children, her grandchildren, and her siblings  join the community to mourn her passing. 

Huston graduated with a B.S. degree in Nursing from Michigan State University, followed by an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University. After practicing as a nurse for some time, she returned to Michigan State for medical school. Following a number of years as a vascular and general surgeon, she found her professional calling: to provide diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast disease. In 1999, she founded Summit Breast Care, opening several offices in Northern New Jersey where patients, including the uninsured, received great care.

She also served as medical director of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark. Most recently, she worked as a medical director at Hackensack UMC-Mountainside Hospital, where she was a strong proponent of evidence-based screening and treatment of breast disease. She was also the key investigator for a study of the Breathlink test, a promising cancer screening tool utilizing genetic markers in a patient’s breath.

Connie Dwyer, founder of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center, remembers Dr. Huston as a skilled breast surgeon who put her patients first. “She cared about each and every patient, always taking time to ensure that they received the surgical care and follow-up necessary to manage a breast cancer diagnosis,” she said. “Dr. Huston will be missed by all who knew her. We have all lost a hero in the fight against breast cancer,” she stated.

Janet Lesko, former Director of the Connie Dwyer Breast Center at Saint Michael’s Medical Center, shared her thoughts. “I had the privilege of working closely with Dr. Huston,” she said. “She was a first rate breast surgeon who was dedicated to her patients.” She stated that Dr. Huston gave out her personal cell phone number so that patients could call her for any reason, providing them with an extra level of comfort knowing that she was only a call away. “We all enjoyed working with her. She had great ideas on how to improve our services to patients, and was at the forefront of emerging technologies in the fight against breast cancer,” Lesko concluded.

“She was the doctor I would introduce patients to, and no one would be turned away as long as she knew their situation,” Deborah Q. Belfatto, co-founder of Susan G. Komen North Jersey, remembered fondly. “The joke was, you could show your library card and she would help you!”

“Her and I go back many years, and have attended a number of educational and outreach events together. She was often honored for her work, and we feted her in 2003 at the Pink Tie Ball. She was a significant part of Komen and touched countless lives. The community has suffered a tremendous loss.”

Everyone who was asked to speak about Dr. Huston cited her compassion and love for her patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Services celebrating Dr. Huston’s life will be held in the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, with a memorial gathering on Saturday, March 25 from 1-5pm. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 26 at 3:30 p.m.

Arrangements are in care of the Codey & Jones Funeral Home of Caldwell. To share memories and condolences, please click here. Memorial donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell Memorial Fund.