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Local Organization Donates Cancer Patient Care Packages to RUMC

Wednesday, August 22nd Richmond University Medical Center was the recipient of 25 care packages today, intended to provide comfort to patients undergoing cancer treatment, including children.

The packages were assembled and donated by Jaime’s LILAC Foundation, a Staten Island nonprofit founded in 2014 in memory of Jaime Moltisanti Cucuzza. Jamie was a young woman who succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 38. The Foundation is committed to honoring Jaime’s memory by giving something back to the growing community of cancer patients, their loved ones, and anyone involved in their treatment. Their primary goal is to provide care packages to patients who are fighting cancer.

In memory of Jamie, her father Vincent Moltisanti and husband John Cucuzza delivered the package which will be distributed by RUMC staff to cancer patients. Accepting the donation was RUMC President and CEO, Daniel J. Messina, Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E.; Chief Operating Nurse and Chief Operating Officer, Rosemarie Stazzone, RN, MSN, NEA-BC; and members of the hospital staff.

“This is a generous donation to RUMC, but really this donation is a gift to our patients undergoing treatment for cancer,” Messina said. “On behalf of our patients and everyone in the RUMC family, thank you to Jamie’s family and everyone at the foundation for this donation and for letting us be part of Jamie’s legacy.”

The packages include hats, blankets, gloves, scarves, water bottles, lozenges to help with nausea, and additional items to help patients undergoing treatment. Some of the packages are intended specifically for children and in addition to the mentioned items, these packages also contain teddy bears and games.

“We’ve distributed over 600 boxes since we started the foundation,” Cucuzza said. “The contents of each package are based on feedback directly from cancer patients who have said these items help them while they undergo chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatment.”

RUMC is one of the City’s leading cancer treatment hospitals. Recently RUMC was awarded accreditation with five commendations by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer. RUMC has been accredited by the College for 81 consecutive years. Commendations are awarded when services exceed the commission’s standard requirements. In June of this year, RUMC opened its Center for Cancer Care at 1000 South Avenue bringing together a variety of cancer-related services, treatments and programs under one roof. Shortly, RUMC will also be opening its dedicated Breast and Women’s Center in Sunnyside.