Release Date: 02/13/2017
For the past three years, the Sandra Mooradian Memorial Fund has donated funds from their annual fundraising dinner to the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital, a Care New England hospital. Last week, Melissa Mooradian, Sandra’s daughter, was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Women & Infants in recognition of the Foundation’s donation of $10,000 each year, more than $30,000 to date.
The memorial fund was created in 2000 in memory of Sandra Mooradian, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 1999.
“My mom had treatment at Women & Infants, she spent a lot of time here, and it’s very near and dear to us,” said Melissa. “Her philosophy was that everyone is going through a struggle, and helping others is the best thing you can do. That’s why we still do this event each year, and it’s why family and friends still come.”
“It’s astounding to see the good will and energy of the people who obviously loved your mom still coming together nearly two decades later,” said Robert D. Legare, MD, co-director of the Breast Health Center, part of the Program in Women’s Oncology, in speaking with Melissa. “We are tremendously grateful that you think of us and want to help support our mission of taking the very best care of our patients, no matter their circumstances, studying and researching breast cancer so we can apply that knowledge to our patients, and training the younger doctors who are coming through our center so they can go out and bring that care to patients across the country.”
“I’m so appreciative that the money is going to help those in need, to fight the fight, and to help with the research,” said Melissa. “There’s still a lot more to be done, there will always be more to be done.”
Pictured from left to right are: Susan Mouradian, chief philanthropy officer, Care New England; Robert D. Legare, MD, co-director, Breast Health Center, Women & Infants Hospital; Melissa Mooradian, Sandra Mooradian Memorial Fund; and Jack Gold, philanthropy officer for annual giving, Care New England.
About Women & Infants Hospital
Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.
Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.