Nov 3, 2022 Second Annual ‘I Pink I Can’ Raises Funds to Benefit Monmouth Medical Center Breast Cancer Patients

Dr. Manpreet Kohli, shown second from right, gathers with breast cancer survivors and local community advocates

Dr. Manpreet Kohli, shown second from right, gathers with breast cancer survivors and local community advocates from left Erica Herbst, Vaishalee Patel Howey and Kelly Thomas, and MMC Breast Center Patient Navigator Erin Dooley.

Asbury Park, N.J., November 3, 2022 — At the second annual “I Pink I Can” fund-raiser, more than 150 people -- including nearly 30 breast cancer survivors -- came together to support Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) breast cancer patients.

The event, which raised approximately $20,000, was held October 28th at the Cross & Orange bistro in Asbury Park

A 501c3 nonprofit founded in 2021 by MMC Director of Breast Surgery Dr. Manpreet Kohli, the goal of I Pink I Can is to remove barriers to care and aid patients in treatment for breast cancer. According to Dr. Kohli, it has helped patients with expenses related to transportation to and from treatments, scalp cooling, and others.

"I have been able to provide easy access to support for patients with the funds raised, when they are needed immediately," she said, adding that the event raised approximately $20,000. "Cross and Orange was very generous, as the owner’s mother is also a breast cancer survivor."

"The most touching part of the night was hearing survivors share their stories," she adds.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, is a regional teaching campus for Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the first hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Monmouth Medical Center offers the most experienced surgeons in robotics and other minimally invasive procedures as well as bariatric and joint and spine surgery. Monmouth Medical Center delivers more babies annually than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined and the fourth most in the state. The hospital offers access to the region’s top cardiologists and the award-winning, nationally recognized RWJBarnabas Heart Centers. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has conferred Magnet® recognition for Monmouth Medical Center, one of just 509 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 U.S. hospitals to achieve Magnet recognition. It is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization, and has been named a Leapfrog Top Teaching Hospital for a third time. MMC is one of just 414 of the more than 6,000 hospital hospitals in the United Stated named to Newsweek's Global Best Hospitals' list and one of 148 U.S. hospitals named to the digital platform Money’s inaugural list of the Best Hospitals in America. Additionally, it is one of 34 U.S. hospitals honored by the Emergency Nurses Association with the 2022–2025 Lantern Award for excellence in emergency care, and for the seventh consecutive year, was honored by Healthgrades with the Obstetrics and Gynecology and Labor and Delivery Excellence Awards. RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside patients, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

Kathy Horan