Aretha Franklin will be performing in New Jersey at the end of the month, but this will be a concert for a crowd unlike the many she has been in front of before. The Queen of Soul will headline the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Fourth Annual Celebrating Life and Liberty Event for cancer patients and their caregivers at Liberty State Park.
“I am honored to be a part of such an important and meaningful celebration,” Franklin sais in a press release. “Cancer patients too often feel socially isolated as a result of their disease, so building a strong sense of community and support network is especially important. No one should have to go through cancer feeling alone.”
There will be more than fifteen cancer advocacy organizations on site to provide information on their services, care and support. Interactive workshops and activities for adults and children will also be available, including yoga and music from cancer survivor Charlie Lustman of the Musical Hope campaign. Additionally, there will be guest photography with the Statue Of Liberty for all those that attend.
“Those of us who have the privilege to work with patients celebrate their path to health and survivorship every day, but I’m particularly proud that we have been able to set aside one day each year, under the protective gaze of Lady Liberty to bring our patients, their families and caregivers and our staff together to celebrate!” said chairman and director and chief of lymphoma, John Theurer Cancer Center Andre Goy, M.D., M.S.
The event will be held at Liberty State Park on September 30, starting at 10am and running until 3pm, with Aretha Franklin’s performance commencing at 1pm.
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