Survivor Stories

Survivor Story: Heather Hirst

Read more: Heather Hirst - Kennedy Cancer Survivor Story
Heather Hirst of Glassboro says she has been “up to bat” many times when it comes to fighting cancer. And depending on the circumstances, she might “get a walk, bunt the ball or hit it out of the park.” But each time she’s had to face a recurrence of her cancer, Heather remembers the people on her “bench” supporting her – her friends, family and members of the care team at the Kennedy Cancer Center.

The 41-year-old married mother of a grown son began her journey as a cancer patient and survivor in December 2009 when she discovered a lump in her left breast during a self-examination. A month later, Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer, and in March 2010, underwent a bi-lateral mastectomy performed by Dr. Eduardo Careaga, Medical Director of the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Care Center.


Washington Township Woman Credits Hope & Healing Programs for Helping Her Through Cancer Treatment

Read more: Gerry DiPersia, Cancer Survivor
Gerry DiPersia, a two-time breast cancer survivor from Washington Township, credits Kennedy’s Hope & Healing programs – exercise classes, well-being yoga and support groups  -- with getting her through cancer treatment the second time around. Located on the second floor of the Kennedy Cancer Center in Washington Township, the Center for Hope & Healing offers free programs and various support services to patients, and their family members, during and after treatment.


Survivor Story: Michael Kobran

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Michael Kobran is the first to say he has an “engineer’s mind” -- he’s a straightforward, logical, a-reason-for-everything kind of thinker. So when he was diagnosed in late 2011 with a rare form of neck cancer, Mike was floored – nothing, as he knew it, made sense.


Survivor Story: Karen Prendergast

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Karen Prendergast remembers the first thing she thought of when she learned she had breast cancer: her six kids, and the importance of “acting like everything was fine.” But she also remembers how terrified she was, and breaking down in the middle of her oncologist’s office when she got her initial appointment mixed up.


Key Patient Contacts

Louise M. Baca RN MSN - Cancer Center Administrator

Oncology Nurse Navigator
Appointment scheduling and treatment navigation.

Abigale Hassel, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C - Social Worker
Patient support and information.

Cancer Center Accreditations


Upcoming Classes

Well-Being Yoga - Afternoon - 04/28/2015
Yoga, which increases flexibility, range of motion and strength, may bring additional benefits both during and after cancer treatments. When tension is released, energy flows more easily in the body, allowing participants to experience a sense of well-being.



Mindfulness and Meditation - 04/28/2015
With meditation at its core, mindfulness is a way to create a greater sense of peace and compassion for ourselves and our circumstances. Reduce stress on the body and mind. Learn the skills to live in the present and nurture yourself.