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Pampered Chef Consultant Donates Chemo Coolers
to Valley Breast Cancer Patients

August 24, 2018 Ridgewood, New Jersey — This summer, Rachel Tekeyan sold more than just fancy pizza stones and nonstick cookware. As a consultant for Pampered Chef, this Midland Park resident wanted to make a difference and decided to aim her efforts toward helping patients undergoing chemotherapy at The Valley Hospital.

In the past, this philanthropic dynamo has raised thousands of dollars for other nonprofits, such as the American Cancer Society. This time Rachel wanted to keep it local. “I wanted to do something for people within my community,” Tekeyan explains.

Through Facebook posts and word of mouth, Rachel encouraged friends, family and customers to join her in this project. For each person that donated $15, she purchased a Pampered Chef cooler, and filled each of them with snacks, lotion, lip balm, puzzles, colored pencils and adult coloring books, and inspirational notes of hope for each recipient.

In the middle of August, more than 24 coolers were delivered to the Infusion Center at the Blumenthal Cancer Center located in The Valley Hospital’s Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion.

Valley’s Infusion Center Manager, Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN, and the Director of Clinical Oncology, Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, were so appreciative of the Pampered Chef Coolers.

“When we give these personalized gifts to our patients, they know that someone is behind them in their fight, supporting them,” said Valerie. “They especially like the letters of hope because it means someone out there is rooting for them!”

The staff at Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus is grateful for this generous donation.

Rachel Tekeyan; Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, the Director of Clinical Oncology Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN, Valley’s Infusion Center Manager.

The Pampered Chef coolers that Rachel donated were filled with snacks, lotion, lip balm, puzzles, colored pencils and adult coloring books, and even inspirational notes of hope for each patient.