Former Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Trustee and donor Bill Conger knows what it’s like to watch a loved one struggle with a chronic disease. His mother endured the slow decline of Alzheimer’s disease for 15 years, as did his grandmother before her. Since then, two of his friends now struggle with the early stages of dementia. As a caretaker for family and friends, when he found out there was an opportunity to help fund a caregiver training series at Morristown Medical Center, he was quick to endow the course in its entirety.
In honor of American Heart Month, Maria Alcina Fonseca, nurse manager on Gagnon 5, tells us why, as a team member, donating to the Growing Forward campaign is so important.
When it comes to world travel, David and Michele Hedley are game for anything. Meandering through the Taj Mahal, walking along the Great Wall of China and hiking the slopes of New Zealand are some of their favorite memories. Mrs. Hedley knows that a lot of her travels wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Robert Coyne, MD, a cardiologist at Gagnon Cardiovascular Insitute. It’s the reason the couple joyfully gave $100,000 toward Gagnon’s expansion project, their third gift to the cardiovascular institute.
It’s an understatement to say that the William E. Simon Foundation is a benevolent donor to Morristown Medical Center. That’s because when the Simon family sees a need, they’re quick to fill it. “Our family is glad to be a part of the latest campaign and strategic needs, as we are happy to be able to be generous,” says Mr. Simon
More than a decade ago, when Lois and Neil Gagnon considered making a significant donation to help build a new cardiovascular institute at Morristown Medical Center, Lois playfully nudged her husband to get things rolling. Today, Neil and Lois Gagnon have continued their generosity and made the lead gift to facilitate the Institute’s expansion, which is a part of the Growing Forward Campaign.
Foundation for Morristown Medical Center Board Chair Robert Tafaro and his wife, Catherine, provided a lead gift to the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, a part of the Growing Forward Campaign. He also serves as a key member on the Campaign Executive Committee.
Nearly ten years after Mickey’s Garden was dedicated by Kids4Kids – the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center's youth philanthropy committee for Goryeb Children's Hospital – the garden will expand to meet the needs of today’s patients. The $100,000 renovation, which will begin this spring, is funded entirely by donations and includes widening the walkways with a durable playground surface to accommodate wheelchairs; sunshades to protect against too much glare; and electrical outlets placed on outside walls for IV pole hook-ups.
Although the Jo-Ann Danzis Foundation is only three years old, its mission of raising money for pancreatic research has already surpassed co-founders Mitchell and Nicholas Danzis' initial expectations with a total of $170,000 raised to date in support of pancreatic cancer research and the work of Angela Alistar, MD, at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.
During the Growing Forward Campaign Kickoff on December 3, 2019, eleven-year-old Ethan Geller spoke about the experience he and his family had at the Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Goryeb Children's Hospital as a brain cancer patient.
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