New Jersey’s premier multispecialty physician group, Summit Medical Group (SMG), is a proud corporate sponsor of the annual Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. Over the years, Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Breast Care Center has mobilized teams to raise significant funds and awareness of breast cancer. The following Q&A with Carol Boyer, RN, APN-C, Clinical Program Manager and Nurse Navigator, who is Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Team Captain, describes SMG’s commitment to the fight against breast cancer.
How has Summit Medical Group been involved with Komen North Jersey’s Race for the Cure?
We share Komen North Jersey’s goals to raise awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrate breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have ended their battle with the disease. Over the past seven consecutive years, Team SMG has raised over $31,000 through the fundraising efforts of hundreds of individuals, with an additional $30,000 in sponsorship dollars by Summit Medical Group Foundation, which provides charitable giving. In our first year participating, we were the largest Rookie team; two years ago, we were the largest healthcare team; and last year we were the corporate healthcare team that raised the most money.
This year, we held sign-up events at four Summit Medical Group campuses to rally support for Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. And, we’re on our way to add significantly to our historic totals with 91 team members and $2,800 raised by individuals to date.
As this year’s Social Media Sponsor at Race for the Cure, we look forward to capturing the indelible images of the diverse, passionate and loyal individuals who are each playing a part in ending breast cancer. Look for the Social Media Street Team at the Race for the Cure, grab a photo using our cute photo frame and help spread inspiring words and images on social media. Also, stop by the Summit Medical Group MD Anderson table at the Wellness Village.
Why should people participate?
Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by breast cancer. Young or old. Male or female. Walk, run, cheer or donate. Everyone can recognize and remember those who have fought, or who are still fighting breast cancer.
Personally, I’m walking in honor of my mom, aunt and cousin who had breast cancer. In fact, this year my Aunt Lee will be 101-years-old and a 41-year breast cancer survivor! In addition, as the Clinical Program Manager and Nurse Clinical Specialist for Summit Medical Group MD Anderson Breast Care Center, I’m walking in honor of our patients.
What advice would you give to someone who is facing breast cancer?
Women and men on the breast cancer journey should seek out a treatment and care facility that provides immediate, expert and coordinated care. Breast cancer patients should be able to get one-on-one support by certified Breast Navigators who can talk through questions, fears and concerns and serve as liaisons with their medical team to ensure seamless communication at every point in their care. My goal as a Breast Nurse Navigator is to make the patient experience as positive as possible – giving them comfort knowing they have their own personal navigator to guide them. My greatest joy is when patients come back to see me years after they were treated for their breast cancer, feeling great and moving on from being a patient to fully participating in their life.