Valley Medical Group News

Stella & Dot Rep Donates Chemo Care Pouches to Valley Breast Cancer Patients

Ridgewood, NJ — Meg McCluskey wanted to do something meaningful in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that she did.

A stylist for Stella & Dot, McCluskey has been supporting breast cancer awareness programs as an independent business owner for several years, from special fundraising events to various, national non-profit organizations dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness.  This year, the Suffern, NY resident decided to aim her efforts toward helping breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy at The Valley Hospital. 

“This time, I really wanted to direct my breast cancer fundraising efforts to a program much more local,” McCluskey explains.  “It felt a lot more personal knowing that we are doing this for the women fighting breast cancer right here in our own community, right down the road at The Valley Hospital.”

Inviting friends and family to join her on this mission, McCluskey was pleased, but not surprised, by the overwhelming philanthropy of volunteers.  For each person that donated $25 in the month of October, she purchased one multiple Black/Cream Striped Pouf or the Sunset Pouf.  McCluskey hosted a stuffing party at her home, where several other supporters and members of Girl Scout Troop #40297 gathered to assemble these glamorous makeup bags, which included socks, Chapstick, mints, lotion and hand-written inspirational notes to each patient.

In the end, more than 50 chemo care pouches were delivered to the Luckow Infusion Center at the Blumenthal Cancer Center at The Valley Hospital.   

Valley’s Infusion Center Manager, Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN, and the Director of Clinical Oncology, Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN, were very appreciative of the chemo care pouches.

“Our breast cancer patients really appreciate this very personalized gift, especially the hand-written notes. The inspiration, encouragement and ‘don’t give up’ messages from even an unknown voice mean so very much,” said Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN and the manager at Valley’s Infusion Center. “It’s important that each of our patients remain hopeful — and know others in our community are rooting for them.” 

The Valley Hospital Breast Center is grateful for this generous donation.

Meg McCluskey; Valerie Quigley, BSN, RN, OCN; and Sandy Balentine, MSN, RN, OCN