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

Hope and Healing Stitchers - Knitting and Crocheting Club - 01/30/2015
Join fellow community knitters and/or crocheters on an ongoing basis. Share and learn new skills, while working on community projects that will benefit Kennedy Cancer Center patients and their families. Please bring your own supplies and materials.



HOPE - Helping Oncology Patients Exercise - 02/02/2015
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages and fitness levels. Research suggests exercise can help cancer patients reduce pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue, improve ability to perform daily activities and enhance mood.