Wurst, 15, of Hillsborough, is remembering his mother, Laurie Parlin, in a
special way this holiday season with the third annual Hope and Remembrance Tree
fundraiser for Somerset Medical Center’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in
Somerville. Parlin died of breast cancer in August 2009. Since then, Wurst has
helped raised more than $60,000 to help patients at The Steeplechase Cancer
Center through “Laurie’s Legacy,” a special fundraising initiative he created.
Wurst hopes to raise $5,000 through
this year’s Hope and Remembrance Tree, which will be displayed in The
Steeplechase Cancer Center lobby throughout the month of December. For each
donation received, an ornament will be added to the tree. Donations can be made
in honor or in memory of a loved one. Options range from $5 to add a silver
star or ball to the tree to $100 for a silver “Hope” ornament. A special tree lighting ceremony will be held
Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the cancer center.
In a letter to family and friends
asking for their support of the fundraiser, Wurst noted that the cancer center
supported his mother when she was sick and couldn’t work anymore and he wants
to help others who face a similar situation.
“Remember…if we all donate a little,
we can help a lot of people,” Wurst said.
For more information about Laurie’s Legacy or
to make a donation, call Somerset Medical Center Foundation at 908-685-2885 or
visit www.smcfoundation.com. Donations to the Hope and Remembrance Tree will also be
accepted at The Steeplechase Cancer Center.
The Steeplechase Cancer Center
The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center
enables Central New Jersey cancer patients to see their doctors, undergo
outpatient treatment and participate in promising cancer research studies – all
in one place close to home. The three-story, 63,000-square-foot facility, which
opened in 2007, houses radiation therapy services, infusion therapy, breast
imaging services, the medical center’s research team, oncologists’ and
surgeons’ offices, complementary medicine services, nutrition counseling,
patient navigator services, a patient resource library and the Sanofi US
Wellness Boutique. For more information, visit www.steeplechasecancercenter.com.