Somerset County Presents 'Pink Out' Donations
| Somerset County employees and volunteers and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset executives, physicians and staff are pictured with Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh (first row-fifth from the right) and Tara Kenyon (to her right) at the fifth annual "Pink Out" presentation of donated items for patients and caregivers at the medical center. The annual “Pink Out” event was spearheaded by Somerset County Planning Board Principal Planner Tara Kenyon of Manville, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed and successfully treated four years ago. Shown are just a few of the hundreds of comfort bags that were assembled by employees and volunteers for distribution.
SOMERVILLE – Somerset County employees and others recently donated items for nearly 236 comfort bags that Somerset County Planning Division staff and volunteers assembled for patients and caregivers at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Steeplechase Cancer Center during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
They also collected over $1,700 in gift cards for patients to purchase grocery items or games and music for their electronic devices. The gift cards were given to patients undergoing treatment that day. The remaining cards will be distributed by hospital staff in the future.
As part of the fifth annual “Pink Out,” Planning Division staff was joined by Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison, to present donations. Also present were county staff and volunteers and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset executives, physicians and staff.
Planning staffers wore matching pink T-shirts and gathered with hospital representatives and volunteers in the Steeplechase lobby before visiting with patients to drop off bags.
Donated items came from dozens of county employees as well as the Somerset County Warrenbrook Senior Wellness Center in Warren, the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center at Basking Ridge, the North Plainfield Branch of the Somerset County Library System, Girl Scout Troop 60171 in Manville and HGTV Magazine. Several large gift baskets also were donated, which contained items for nurses and individual distribution.
The “Pink Out” event was spearheaded by Planning Board Principal Planner Tara Kenyon of Manville, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed and successfully treated four years ago.
Namitha Reddy, MD, MPH, Director and Health Officer
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