Thank You For NOT Missing The Chance To Dance – 2014 Pink Tie Party
Michael M. Shapiro
Sunday, September 28, 2014 • 12:05am
LIVINGSTON, NJ – Hundreds of supporters turned out for the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Pink Tie Party on Saturday evening at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston. The theme of this year’s event was “Never Miss a Chance to Dance” and attendees did not miss a beat, as the dance floor was packed all night long.
Bank of America was honored with the 2014 Support for the Cure award. Joan Sheridan of Hillsborough was recognized as this year’s Journey of Courage. Sheridan’s likeness joined the Affiliate’s gallery depicting 47 women and men who have battled breast cancer.
Since 2009, as presenting sponsor of the Susan G. Komen 3Day™ and Co-Sponsor of the Survivor Recognition Program for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® National Series, Bank of America has contributed more than $5.6 million to the Susan G. Komen organization. The company not only provides financial support, but encourages its employees to walk, run and volunteer at Race for the Cure events all across America. “I’d be willing to bet that breast cancer has touched the lives of all of our employees in some way, shape or form,” said Bob Doherty, Bank of America New Jersey market president. “That’s what makes our support of Susan G. Komen so special—and personal—for so many of us.”
2014 Journey of Courage Joan Sheridan found out that she had breast cancer at the age of 45. She and her husband Joe were determined not to let breast cancer define their lives. They turned to Komen North Jersey for help with taking the first step in Joan’s journey, and together forged on with their battle—a battle, they both say, they were “fighting to win.” Joe began a parallel journey as a co-survivor: As president and chief operating officer of Wakefern, he reached out to the men in his company whose wives were also facing a breast cancer diagnosis, and created a group, a forum, for those who would need to ask the difficult questions, the ones every co-survivor has, but is afraid to ask.
“Joe and I shared our stories and our journey with hopes that others might gain strength and hope from our experiences,” said Joan. “It is important not to let fear overtake you, and to make the decisions that are right for you. And when the darkest part of the journey is upon you, it’s important to remember—to know—that there is life after breast cancer.”
Sponsors of the Pink Tie Party included Wakefern, ShopRite, TAPinto, Bank of America, Dun and Bradstreet, Barnabas Health, BARD, The Isoldi Family, Novartis, PSE&G, Union Volkswagon, CarePoint Health, James R. Prisco Family, Atlantic Health, Carbro Construction Corp., Genentech, Jerry Rose Floral and Event Design, and Ronetco Supermarkets, Inc.