LONG BRANCH – The Monmouth Medical Center Foundation recently received a $2.5 million donation from local philanthropist Warren Diamond and his son, Scott, in support of Monmouth Medical Center, to create the Cheryl L. Diamond Cancer Care Pavilion at the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
Residents of Rumson, Warren and Scott Diamond donated the funds in memory of their late wife and mother Cheryl L. Diamond, who passed away in 2001 after a seven-year courageous battle with breast cancer.
The Diamonds’ gift will support the services provided to an anticipated 46,000 cancer-patient visits in 2013. The new Cheryl L. Diamond Cancer Care Pavilion at the Leon Hess Cancer Center facilitates those visits and centralizes comprehensive care, sustaining world-class protocols close to home.
The gift is Warren and Scott Diamonds’ way of making a real and lasting impact on both the hospital and the larger Monmouth County community that gave their family so much over the years. The Diamonds were involved with the community long before Cheryl became ill. They raised their two children, Melissa and Scott, in Monmouth County so it felt right that a legacy gift in her memory be made here.
As a successful businessman, Warren has always had numerous opportunities to work with nonprofit organizations and is committed to meeting community needs as they arise. He currently is spearheading an effort to establish a new hurricane recovery nonprofit that will raise funds to rebuild the Jersey Shore. Scott is a founding member of SaveJersey Shore, he is also interested in helping smaller organizations in Monmouth County.
“This philanthropic gift of the Cheryl L. Diamond Cancer Care Pavilion will have a far-reaching impact on our community, benefiting patients and their families dealing with the challenges of cancer,” said Frank J. Vozos M.D., president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “The board of directors, the board of trustees of the foundation, the hospital administration, the medical staff and all employees of Monmouth Medical Center express deepest gratitude to Warren Diamond and his son, Scott, for their leadership gift to Monmouth Medical Center to create the Cheryl L. Diamond Cancer Care Pavilion.”
Tara F. Kelly, vice president of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, called the Diamonds “true philanthropic leaders, providing transformational support to Monmouth Medical Center, where they know their gift will help those who are fighting cancer.
“Mrs. Diamond was so well-regarded in the community because of her compassion; this gift is intended to bring light and cheer to those in need, just as Mrs. Diamond brought light to all who knew her,” Kelly said.
Rivaling any hospital in the tristate area, the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center provides cancer patients with state-of-the-art prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment, provided by a team of skilled and compassionate medical specialists.
The center features The Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology, home to a renowned radiation oncologist course on TomoTherapy, which attracts physicians from around the world seeking to learn how to use this advanced technology to treat cancer tumors.
To learn more about ways to support Monmouth Medical Center, call Kelly at 732-923-6886 or visit www.monmouthfoundation.org. Additional information about cancer services provided at the Cheryl L. Diamond Cancer Care Pavilion at the Leon Hess Cancer Center is available by calling 732-923-6575 or visiting www.mmccancer.org.