SHORT HILLS, NJ — The teens involved in Lancers Against Cancer at Livingston High School recently decided to focus their fundraising efforts toward Comfort Project 360, an organization that's sole purpose is to provide comfort and support for patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and infusions at the Saint Barnabas Cancer Centers.
Founded by Livingston residents Hyla Weiss and Suzanne Unger, Comfort Project 360 has raised more than $1.5 million over the last three years. In an effort to add to that number, Lancers Against Cancer, also known today as Comfort Project 360 Teens, is hosting a “Knock Out Cancer” boxing fundraiser on Sunday at POE Short Hills.
“Comfort Project 360 was designed to help change cancer care in the community,” said Weiss. “We worked very hard to get our high school students involved and this is a way they can feel that they’re making a difference. Lancers Against Cancer has been very successful in raising money and being very proactive and I’m thrilled that they selected Comfort Project 360 as a nonprofit that will benefit from their efforts.”
Weiss said the students involved in Lancers Against Cancer embraced the decision to focus on Comfort Project 360 because they have seen the tangible difference the organization has made in the lives of many cancer patients in their community.
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of groups like Comfort Project 360 Teens, the Cancer Center at Saint Barnabas, where nearly 100 patients receive chemotherapy or infusions every day, has a “comfort cart” filled with a variety of snacks, fuzzy socks, robes and other items that help patients make the most of the mind-body-spirit connection.
“[Comfort Project] has transformed the radiation and chemo area into a spa-like environment,” said Mindy Scherago, one of the parents overseeing the fundraising efforts. “The importance now is for the teens to get involved from a fundraising standpoint and most importantly an awareness of how so little means so much to those who are under treatment.”
Sunday’s event, which will offer four “POE Power” boxing sessions throughout the afternoon with 16 spots in each class, is hosted by LHS students Harley Scherago & Sammie Golin and overseen by their mothers, both named Mindy. According to the group, POE Short Hills is generously providing the space and instructors for free in honor of this fundraising effort.
Student Admission is $30 and Adult Admission is $50 for this event, with half-hour sessions at 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Both students and adults are encouraged to participate in this event, but Mindy Scherago said the fundraising efforts do not stop there. Lancers Against Cancer, initiated by Livingston resident Mindy Roth, who is also very involved in Comfort Project 360, is on a constant mission to provide comfort for cancer patients through this and future events.
To register for the “Knock Out Cancer” event, click HERE.
Those who are unable to attend but still want to donate can contact the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Development Department at (973)-322-4330 or mail a check made payable to Saint Barnabas Medical Center at 95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange, NJ 07052.
Comfort Project 360 recently raised more the $300,000 toward renovations and meaningful programs and amenities in Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center at its Reason to Rock event at Crestmont Country Club in West Orange. Click HERE for story.