One Shining Night

12/11/13

Winchester Hospital Gala Raises Money for Cancer Services

Breast cancer was something Janice Muise had feared most of her life. Her mother died from the disease when Janice was 10-years-old. Gala 2013

It was during a routine mammogram at the Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center in March 2010 that Muise was diagnosed with cancer. A few months later her daughter, Jennifer Mrozowski, was diagnosed with the same disease. 

“The most difficult time in my life was hearing my mother had cancer,” Mrozowski said. “I was with her every step of the way and when I was diagnosed, she was by my side through it all.”

On Nov. 9, mother and daughter stood in front of more than 600 corporate sponsors, health care professionals, and business and community leaders at Winchester Hospital’s 13th annual One Shining Night Gala at the Renaissance Waterfront Hotel in Boston and shared their journey with cancer.

“The importance of this event cannot be overstated,” said Kelley Cornell, MD, associate medical clinical director of the Breast Care Center. “Because of the support of the community, we were able to build a brand new breast care center with state-of-the-art technology to continue to serve our patients.”

The event raised more than $500,000 for Winchester Hospital’s Breast Care Center through the generosity of its sponsors and attendees as well as live and silent auctions.  This year, auction items included a one-week stay at a mountain-top private estate in Punta Islita, Costa Rica; a one-week summer stay in a luxurious home in Provincetown on Cape Cod; a one-week stay in the elegant Montecristo Estates on the Mexican Baja Peninsula; and a “Cook for the Cure” Gourmet Dinner.

The funds raised helped support the relocation of the Breast Care Center to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility located at 200 Unicorn Park Drive in Woburn. Designed with patients in mind, the center’s new location offers comprehensive treatment for all aspects of breast care at one location – digital mammography, breast ultrasound, consultations with surgeons, education by nurses, evaluation and care by medical and radiation oncologists, a full-time geneticist, and coming soon, tomosynthesis (3D mammography).

“The generosity of our community has allowed us to advance the health and care of our breast cancer patients,” said Delphine Lui, MD, associate medical imaging director of the Breast Care Center. “Through their help and support, we will be able to use state-of-the-art technology like tomosynthesis, which will provide a clearer, more accurate view of the breast, improving cancer screening and detection.”

The Winchester Hospital Gala’s “Galaxy” sponsors were Cummings Properties and Lahey Health. “Shooting Star” sponsors were John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. and Winchester Laboratory Associates and Strata Dx, Inc.. “Sparkling Stars” sponsors were North Shore Radiological Associates, Inc., Peterson Party Center, Steffian Bradley Architects and Suffolk Construction. “Shimmering Stars” sponsors included Ann Blackham and Ann Norberg, Bonnell Ford, Boston Children’s Hospital, Middlesex Surgical Associates, Mr. & Mrs. Gerald F. O’Neil, Winchester Co-operative Bank, Wingate Healthcare and Woodbriar of Wilmington/Windsor Place Assisted Living.      

As for Muise and her daughter, they are able to move on with their life with their family and friends thanks to the care and support they received at the Breast Care Center.

“The Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center is such a safe haven for the women who have to face this journey,” Muise said. “It takes a team of caring professionals to diagnose and treat the disease of breast cancer. We cannot thank the staff at the Breast Care Center enough – their care, expertise and support – helped my daughter and I survive this terrible disease.” 

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet recognition, the American Nurses Association’s highest honor for nursing excellence, three times. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, pediatrics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, rehabilitation, radiation oncology, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit www.winchesterhospital.org.