SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerset County employees provided nearly 200 gift bags to patients at the RWJ Steeplechase Cancer Center during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As part of their second annual “Pink Out” event, members of the Somerset County Planning Division staff – joined by several Freeholders and other county employees – presented donations to patients in the oncology section of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Somerset on Oct. 21. Planning staffers wore matching pink t-shirts and gathered with hospital representatives in the Steeplechase lobby before visiting with patients.
Donated items this year came from dozens of county employees as well as the Warrenbrook Senior Wellness Center in Warren, the Somerset County Senior Wellness Center in Basking Ridge and Girl Scout Troop 60778 in Middlesex Borough. Planning staff and volunteers assembled 189 gift bags of items for cancer patients at the center – 74 more than last year.  Several large gift baskets also were donated, filled with extra items for individual distribution. 
The “Pink Out” event was spearheaded by Principal Planner Tara Kenyon of Manville, a cancer survivor who was diagnosed and successfully treated last year.