The Ruth Newman Shapiro (RNS) Cancer & Heart Fund was recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals NJ, Southern Chapter for Outstanding Foundation during its annual National Philanthropy Day ceremony, November 16, 2017, at the Mansion in Voorhees.
RNS was nominated by the AtlantiCare Foundation for its longstanding partnership with AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC).
The partnership began in 1968 with a generous gift for the establishment of a cobalt therapy unit of the then Atlantic City Medical Center. It was the first of its kind in the area offering revolutionary advancement in radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer in the post-World War II era.
Throughout the years as cancer treatment technology advanced, the RNS Cancer & Heart Fund remained diligent in its mission to assist ARMC in being able to offer cutting-edge treatment and continued to provide funding to help change treatment options in our area.
In 1993, with a Founder’s Gift from RNS, the RNS Regional Cancer Center at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center was established. At the center, a team of specialists work with the patients from the diagnosis stage through treatment choices. The center has one of the most advanced radiation treatment pieces of equipment in the region, being one of the only facilities to provide AcQsim, the most sophisticated tumor localization technology available.
Additional support came in the form of the purchase of two Mobil Mammography Vans and the establishment of The Rose Newman Live at Home Hospice program at ARMC.
According to Samantha Kiley, Executive Director, AtlantiCare Foundation, their support – in excess of 5.5 million dollars over the years – has helped AtlantiCare provide the finest facilities and equipment in our area, specifically for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and heart disease.
“Most recently, RNS has committed a lead gift of $100,000 toward the AtlantiCare Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Campaign in support of the purchase of a new linear accelerator for the AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute,” Kiley said. “It is because of these reasons and more, that we were excited to nominate the Ruth Newman Shapiro (RNS) Cancer & Heart Fund and celebrate them today – National Philanthropy Day.”
“Many thanks to AFP for the recognition, like the other organizations being recognized here today, we the members of the RNS Cancer and Heart Fund understand the importance of fundraising. We are proud that since our inception in 1961, we have raised over $17 million to help our area hospitals and healthcare facilities to purchase and maintain equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and heart patients,” Audrey Fischer, President, RNS Cancer & Heart Fund said.