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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. 

Teens for Teens Donates Funds for Residents of the Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Program at Trinitas

Members of Teens for Teens of Union County recently donated $26,000 to provide new furnishings for patient rooms for the teens that live at the New Point Specialty, the adolescent psychiatry program at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

The donation was presented in the form of a check at Trinitas’ 12th annual Academic Awards Program in June. The New Point Specialty is a 15-bed behavioral residential treatment program for adolescents ages 14 to 18.

The Teens for Teens volunteer organization was formed in 2013 when founder, Mitchell Kelly a high school sophomore at the time, and a few of his friends decided to make a difference in their own community, specifically with teens who were less fortunate. Each year, they hold a Gala reception with a silent auction and teen performances to raise money for various causes.

This year, their fifth annual charity gala to benefit New Point Specialty was held in May at the Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge. There were 280 attendees.

 “It was a wonderful event with live teen performers as well as speakers including New Point Specialty students,” says Samira Morin, an 18-year-old Westfield resident, has been involved for the past four years, and is currently the organization’s President. “Through donations, raffle and silent auctions, we were able to raise $26,000.

“I am beyond impressed with how Teens for Teens has grown throughout the years,” added Morin, a graduate of the Academy for Information Technology in Scotch Plains, who is bound for UCLA this fall. “I am even more excited to see how the group of amazing underclassmen who have just begun to get involved will carry the group forward in the upcoming years.”

Over the years, the team has raised about $125,000 for five different organizations: Robin’s Nest, Imagine, Liam’s Room, Roots & Wings, and New Point Specialty. Coco Herz, the current Vice President, will take over as President next year, and other members include:  Dom Palumbo, Matt Ruane, Sean Hough, Julia Sackett, Georgiana Katsingris, Andrea Morin, Joy Mulzoff, Julia Bell, Kiley Parker, Maddie Hagar, and Nikki Fiore.

“It was lovely for them to choose Trinitas this year,” says Nadine Brechner, Chief Development Officer and Vice President of the Trinitas Health Foundation. “They are a very ambitious and generous bunch.”

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