​We love success stories, and Nicole is one of them. She is a healthy 18 year old who is about to graduate from high school. But 15 years ago, Nicole wasn’t so healthy.

She was diagnosed at age three with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had to endure grueling chemo and hospitalizations. Nicole’s close-knit family stayed by her side during her entire ordeal. So did ECF, by visiting every month to provide emotional support to the whole family and delivering groceries, holiday gifts and bags of birthday supplies so Nicole could celebrate properly when stuck at home during her treatment. “ECF gave our daughter a lot of joy,” said her mom Alba. “For her birthdays, and every Christmas, volunteers came to our home and brought happiness to our family.”

Nicole’s experience in the hospital, with doctors and nurses, and with the ECF caseworkers who remained close with the family until just last year, has inspired her to want to get into the medical field, possibly as a social worker. She starts college in the fall and is making the best of the quarantine. Her mom recently applied to be a volunteer driver for ECF, wanting to give back for the services her family received during their difficult and dark time with Nicole’s cancer. “ECF gave us more support than we could’ve ever asked for.”

Additional Newsletter Articles

ECF Families Treated to Delicious Restaurant Meals!

ECF Families Treated to Delicious Restaurant Meals!

In May, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO) and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association 221 (PBA) delivered fresh, hot meals from Caffe Anello in Westwood to some of our local ECF families! Chef Johnny from Caffe Anello and the PBA (both pictured here preparing...

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Volunteer Story: Kay O’Connell, 41 Years of Service to ECF

Volunteer Story: Kay O’Connell, 41 Years of Service to ECF

​Giving back is what motivated Kay O’Connell to begin helping out at the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Northern Regional Center.  Kay, 89 years young, wears many hats; wife, mom of 4, grandmother of 9, teacher and ECF volunteer for the past 31 years.    Kay’s service...

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Delight’s Journey

Delight’s Journey

The word “delight” means happiness, joy. Thirteen-year-old Delight lives up to her name, finding happiness and joy despite the challenges of her cancer journey. Delight was diagnosed with leukemia at age nine, two years after her family’s move to NJ from abroad....

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Leslie is Our Hero

Leslie is Our Hero

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” –Christopher Reeve Little Leslie is as beautiful as she is brave, enduring so much more than a 19 month old should while remaining joyful and smiling....

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TJ: Just a Kid

TJ: Just a Kid

Thirteen-year-old TJ is not especially anxious about the Corona virus pandemic. Unfortunately, isolation, fear and uncertainty aren’t new to him. Since his diagnosis of leukemia four years ago, TJ spent a lot of time quarantined from the outside world in the hospital...

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(908) 322-4323
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Joann Passantino
Executive Director, ext. 16

Victoria Shestack Aronoff
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Gloria Pocchio
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Clark, NJ 07066
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Barbara Kopel
Sr. Central Regional Director

Southern Regional Center

451 Beech Ave.
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(856) 853-4803

Mary Ann Sullivan 
Southern Regional Director

Eastern Regional Center

1710 Highway 71
Suite 2
Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 282-2324

Rosemarie Contreras
Eastern Regional Director

Northern Regional Center

174 Paterson Ave.
PO Box 212
Midland Park, NJ 07432
(201) 612-8118

Inessa Rome
Northern Regional Director



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