Save The Date For Our 7th Annual Fundraiser Benefit
When Life Gives You Lemons
Friday, April 24 2015 at The Flanders Hotel The Quintin Foundation will be holding its 7th Annual Fundraiser Event. Please join us for dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. This will not only be a charity event but a celebration of good health and good friends. All proceeds benefit the cancer programs, treatments, and research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. To make a donation or to purchase pre-admission and have your name placed on a guest list, please pay online or send your checks to: The Quintin Foundation 5 Spruce Road Ocean City, NJ 08226.
“When Life Gives You Lemons”
In honor of my mother and my sister who both received preventative bilateral mastectomies at Jefferson Hospital in January 2015, I have decided to name this year’s event “When Life Gives You Lemons”. Please read an excerpt from my sister’s heartfelt message posted in early January 2015:
”My quote for 2015, ‘When life gives you lemons…get new melons.’ I am perfectly healthy. Recently, my mom and I tested positive for BRCA1, a hereditary cancer gene. What does this mean? 87% chance of getting breast cancer and 44% chance of getting ovarian cancer. You can go to www.facingourrisk.org for more info. Later this month, my mom and I will be taking an important step to save our lives. We will each have a preventative bilateral mastectomy: my mom’s surgery is Jan 15th and my surgery Jan 22nd (reconstruction in spring). This surgery will reduce our chances of breast cancer to <1%. I’m in a really great place. Thanks to a loving family, amazing friends, and the wonderful doctors at Jefferson. They are on it! It’s definitely taken a few months to figure things out. But I am actually excited to get this done so I can move on with my life. My kids are so excited to bring me my meals on the food tray (with Eric’s help of course) and to have me home for a month straight. They are my heart♥” Jodie Huber Booth
This will not just be a charity event but a celebration of good health and good friends! We hope to see everyone there! As we get closer, invitations will be sent and you will be able to purchase tickets by check or online.
Jessica Quintin is the founder of The Quintin Foundation. Together, with her family, friends and many others from her close-knit beach community, Jessica has committed herself to raising money and community awareness for the fight against cancer. The Quintin Foundation’s motivation and fundraisers will benefit the Jefferson Cancer Network at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Jessica still goes for her annual scans and check ups at Jefferson Hospital and remains CANCER FREE since her 2006 diagnosis, surgery, and treatment.
Where Does The Money Go?
The Quintin Foundation is proud to say that over the past 7 years, we have been able to give all of the proceeds of our benefits to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital! This money has helped fund ongoing research at Jefferson Hospital, completely renovate the waiting area in the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department, and most recently we have just agreed to transfer funds to renovate the Bodine Center’s exam rooms and nurses station with new equipment and décor which will have a positive impact on patient care and experience.
Quintin Family Fundraiser Friday at the Flanders
Ocean City Gazette
Written by Ann Richardson
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 15:41
They share a deep faith and a positive attitude, a love of laughter, salt air and sunshine. Mother and daughter also share something else, something that’s never spoken, but only spelled around the youngest in the family: cancer. Jessica Quintin, 34, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor of the main salivary gland in October 2006. Her mother, Cheryl Huber, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer a year ago. After successful surgery and 30 bouts of radiation, Jessica has won her battle and remains cancer-free. Cheryl’s successful surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy mean she is also cancer-free, and her prognosis is good. For both, the fifth annual Martini Tasting fundraiser for the Quintin Foundation, to be held Friday at the Flanders Hotel, has a new meaning.
“Cancer does not have to mean the end,” said Quintin. “It can be the beginning of a healthy, productive and happy life.”
The women want to send a message about early detection and treatment. “It’s important to be on top of what is happening with your body,” said Quintin. “Early detection saved me, it saved my mom. There are lots of people who are diagnosed, get treated and remain cancer-free the rest of their lives.”
Jessica ran a half-marathon the day before her tumor was found to be malignant. Her daughter Julia was two, and baby Ella, only seven months old.
“I thought it was a swollen gland that wouldn’t go away,” she said.
In Huber’s case, an ultrasound revealed a tumor. She went to the doctor on Friday and was in surgery on Monday. “I woke up and the doctor told me it was stage II ovarian cancer,” said Huber. A Realtor with Prudential, Fox and Roach, Cheryl is a top producer, driven to succeed. But the awards and success meant nothing if she wasn’t around to enjoy it – or watch her five grandchildren grow up. Huber knows a lot about overcoming obstacles. In 1985, she was 28 and divorced, a single mother with four small children, on welfare and broke. “I was alone, and I had to go to work,” she said. “I had no college education.” She met Gertrude Dean, a successful Realtor and single mother. “I was impressed; if she could do it, I could do it.” The family endured hard times with a sense of humor. “The electric was turned off, and I had to gather up cash and take it to the bank,” Huber said. “They turned it back on, and it blew out the Freon in the refrigerator. If it could go wrong, it did, but I persevered. I had faith. I knew it would get better. I wasn’t going to accept defeat or failure.” She went to work, and the sales piled up. “You just do it, the best you can. I made a lot of mistakes, but I learned from them and got better. I kept going.” Huber said cancer helped her “stop and smell the roses.” “You start to really value relationships, people,” she said. At first, she was concerned about her staff and clients, people who counted on her to sell their homes and sought her advice. “I changed the way I do business; it’s much better now. The other day someone came for a key. I would have sent my assistant a year ago, but I went down myself and talked to the people: ‘How are you? Isn’t it a beautiful day?’ Other things can wait. I spend more time with my family. “I never wanted cancer and wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but in a way, it’s made my quality of life better. I talk more, share more; care more. I took too many things for granted.” Both women said humor got them through. “When I had surgery, they had to cut all the nerves on one side of my face,” said Quintin. “So it looked like I had a stroke. I just told everyone, ‘Oh well, you’re the one who has to look at me. I don’t care!’” Huber, who still wears a blond wig, said she knows one of these days the coastal breezes are going to blow it off. “I was out by the lagoon the other day and I thought, ‘There it goes!’ But so far I’ve been okay,” she said. “My children have always had a great sense of humor. That’s how we’ve gotten through so much.” “I survived cancer because of prayer,” she said. “I’ve always been a very positive person, but it’s hard to be positive when you’re afraid. I’m squeamish, so surgery was not easy for me. I prayed, and I heard God tell me I’d be okay.” The foundation, which was started as Quintin underwent radiation at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, has raised $90,000 so far. “The waiting area is difficult … it’s scary,” she said. “They do radiation in the basement, and you go every day. Think of the worst DMV on the grayest day. “The first year we started the project, and in a few years we replaced the floor and the furniture, bought a new TV, painted. It looks great, so much more cheerful. This year, they’re working on a tissue bank.” The new Bio Specimen Repository provides long-term storage of clinical and research material, so malignancies can undergo different drug therapies. “In funding this project, the foundation will be enabling cutting edge research in our goal to ultimately cure cancer,” Quintin said.
5th Annual Martini Tasting Friday, March 18th 2011 at Flanders Hotel Adminission: $60 per person The evening includes Dueling Pianos, Martini Tasting, light dinner, a beer & wine bar, and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the cancer programs, treatments, and research at Thomas Jefferson University and the Kimmel Cancer Center. To purchase pre-admission tickets, visit www.quintinfoundation.com, or send a check to: the Quintin Foundation, P.O. Box 92. Ocean City, NJ 08226.
Grateful Cancer Survivor Raises Funds
for Jefferson Hospital
July 4, 2007 • Press of Atlantic City
Cancer survivor raising funds for Jefferson
By DEBRA RECH For The Press, (609) 463-6719
OCEAN CITY — Jessica Quintin ran a half-marathon the day before she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the parotid gland, the main salivary gland. This type of cancer is so rare, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where Jessica was treated, treats only 28 to 30 cases per year. Jessica had no symptoms other than feeling…
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