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Memory of Hillsborough Cancer Victim Lives on with Hope & Remembrance Tree at Somerville Hospital

From Left, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, medical director, Steeplechase Cancer Center, Donna Parlin, Stephen Wurst and Dr. Angela Lanfranchi, RWJ Physician Enterprise Steeplechase Breast Specialists. Credits: Courtesy RWJUH/Somerset

SOMERVILLE, NJ  - When he was just 12-years-old, Stephen Wurst of Hillsborough lost his mother, Laurie Parlin, who passed away from breast cancer in August, 2009.

During her 17-month battle with breast cancer, Laurie and her son found comfort in the care they received at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH) and the generosity of several community organizations.

With help from the Somerset Health Care Foundation, Stephen and his grandmother, Donna Parlin, created “Laurie’s Legacy,” a special memorial fund established in memory of Laurie Parlin.

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“Laurie’s Legacy” has raised more than $91,000 for patients at the Steeplechase Cancer Center.

The lobby of the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH is home to the Hope and Remembrance Tree  every year throughout the month of December. Individuals from the local community are invited to purchase ornaments to place on the tree during the holiday season in memory or in honor of loved ones who have fought or continue fighting cancer.

Funds raised support “Laurie’s Legacy.” Ornaments can be purchased at the boutique located in the lobby of the Steeplechase Cancer Center at 30 Rehill Ave. Ornaments range in style and price from $5 - $100.Cash or checks are acceptable.



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