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One for Me & One for You Fundraiser Provides Valley with
Chemo Care Pouches

June 28, 2019 Ridgewood, New Jersey  When considering where to direct her creative fundraising campaign, Gina Amato’s decision was a no brainer: The Valley Hospital. Five years ago, this generous sales representative's sister received quality cancer treatment from the experts at Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care and has been in remission ever since. Gina wanted to express her gratitude to Valley in a special way.

Gina's idea came about while participating on one of many teams, hosted by Equinox Fitness Club in Paramus and led by her sister for Cycle for Survival (an annual event that has raised over $200 million as of 2019 that aide in the movement to beat rare cancers). Gina decided that she wanted some of the funds to reach the actual patients that face the challenge every day.

She reached out to friends, family and customers for $40 contributions towards the fundraiser she named One for Me & One for You. Participants received two decorative zipper pouches from her apparel company, Thirty-One Gifts: one to keep, and one to donate. Gina filled the donation bags with thoughtful, useful items, and delivered them to the Infusion Center at Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center. With the help of so many generous donors, more than 60 patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation were delighted to receive the pouches, which included socks, lip moisturizer, mints, tissues, hard candy, puzzles, and inspirational notes.

Valley’s Infusion Center Manager, Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN, appreciated the special effort behind the donation. “This kind gesture from members of our community is so touching, and our patients are extremely grateful for these personalized gifts,” she said. “It’s important that each of our patients remain hopeful—and know others in our community are rooting for them.”

The Valley Hospital Foundation echoes Nurse Quigley and expresses sincere gratitude for Gina Amato’s generous and unique donation to Valley’s patients battling cancer.

Gina Amato and Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN

The donated pouches included socks, lip moisturizer, mints, tissues, hard candy, puzzles, and inspirational notes.