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UMCP Breast Health Center Dedicates New Library to Honor Christina S. Walsh

Apr 25, 2012

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Pictured are trustees of the Christina S. Walsh Foundation and their spouses or family members. Left to right are Margaret Vardakis, Trustee; George Vardakis, Trustee; Matthew Wund, Trustee; Bob Walsh, Trustee; Jeanine Fuhrman, Trustee; Caitlin Walsh, Bob and Christina’s daughter; Susan Wund, Trustee; and Albert Wund, Trustee.

The new lending library at University Medical Center at Princeton's Breast Health Center has been named in honor of Christina S. Walsh, the late New Jersey wife and mother whose foundation provides financial assistance and comfort to breast cancer patients and their families.

The library holds more than 30 titles on topics including education on treatment options, coping, and healthy living, along with children's books related to breast cancer. The library's holdings are available in addition to books and other materials distributed to all patients at UMCP's Breast Health Center. Both the library and the book program are supported by funds from the Christina S. Walsh Breast Cancer Foundation.

"I am honored that Christina's name will be remembered through this library, which provides education and comfort to so many," said Robert Walsh, Christina's husband and Trustee of the foundation. "We value our relationship with the Breast Health Center and University Medical Center at Princeton. Our annual grants have funded a variety of projects, all of which speak to Christina's wishes and our mission to ease hardships by providing patients and families with the financial or emotional support they need."

Christina S. Walsh was 32 when she passed away in August 2004. She and her family were on a trip to Disney World in June 2004 when she became very ill. Insurance would not pay for a private medical jet that was needed to transport Christina safely and quickly from Florida to New Jersey for treatment. So family members and friends pooled their resources to cover the cost. In her final weeks, Christina was determined to provide relief to other breast cancer patients and their families. The foundation was established to carry out her wishes.

The Breast Health Center receives an annual grant, which supports not only the library and book program but also a breast cancer screening program for indigent women, gift cards for groceries, and robes and post-operative camisoles for patients. Over the past seven years, the foundation has provided over $100,000 of support.

"Over the years, we have used these funds to provide meaningful comfort, education and vital services to our patients," said Beth Krefski, Director of the Breast Health Center. "We felt that dedicating the library in Christina's name was the best way to show our gratitude for the foundation's generosity."

The Christina S. Walsh Breast Cancer Foundation raises its grant funds through events and donations throughout the year. For more information, please visit www.christinaswalshbcf.org.