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Hillsborough Teen Coordinates Hope and Remembrance Tree Fundraiser

December 4, 2012

Stephen 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 Donations to the Hope and Remembrance Tree will also be accepted at The Steeplechase Cancer Center.


About 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