6th Annual Fundraiser Benefit
Friday, March 9th 2012 at Flanders Hotel
Adminission: $75 per person
The Quintin Foundation will be holding its 6th Annual Fundraiser Event. Live Music, Silent Auction & Light Dinner . All proceeds benefit the cancer programs, treatments, and research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. To purchase pre-admission and have your name placed on a guest list, please pay online or send your checks to: The Quintin Foundation PO Box 92 Ocean City, NJ 08226
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.
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.
Where Does The Money Go?
The Quintin Foundation is proud to say that over the past 4 years, we have been able to give Thomas Jefferson University Hospital close to $90,000 in net donations! This money has helped to fund ongoing research at Jefferson Hospital and most recently to completely renovate the waiting area in the hospital’s Radiation Oncology Department.
We are excited to announce that recent proceeds have helped fund the new Bio Specimen Repository (Tissue Bank) which is onsite at Thomas Jefferson University.
This form of research provides long-term storage of clinical and research material in -80° C and liquid nitrogen freezers where the malignancies can be tested and observed by applying different drug therapies.
In funding this project ,The Quintin Foundation will be enabling cutting edge research in our goal to ultimately cure cancer!
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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