RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- For Meg McCluskey, an independent business owner and stylist for luxury brand Stella & Dot , helping those affected by cancer was something she felt she needed to do. How she provided that aid was the result of her unique talents.
As part of her second annual chemo care fundraiser, McCluskey encouraged family and friends to donate $27 towards the purchase of a Stella & Dot pouf, with 100 percent of her commission being used to fill the makeup bags with comforting items to support breast cancer patients at The Valley Hospital.
“We’ve all been touched by breast cancer in one way or another," said McCluskey. "The women affected by this are my peers – it could be any one of us.”
With the help of her daughter Kaelin’s Girl Scout Troop 40297, more than 75 poufs were filled with socks, lip balm, mints, teabags, lotion and lavender oil. The girls also wrote personal and inspiring notes for patients, which they then delivered to women in the Infusion Center at Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care at The Luckow Pavilion in Paramus.
“We're so pleased Meg decided to repeat this [fundraiser] again,” said Valerie Quigley, manager of Valley’s Infusion Center. “Our cancer patients really appreciate this personalized gift, and the inspiration, encouragement and ‘don’t give up’ mean so much. It’s important that each of our patients remains hopeful and knows others in our community are rooting for them.”
According to the American Cancer Society, one out of eight women living in the United States has a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer, with a median age of diagnosis at 62 years old.
“I just love doing this,” said McClusky. “It's so great to witness everyone’s eagerness to give to this important cause.”
For more information on the breast services available at The Valley Hospital, click here.