Seton Hall's College of Nursing will participate in Mary's Place by the Sea's 7th Annual Walkathon on Saturday, September 22 and they are looking for additions to their team! All members of the University community – students, faculty, staff, friends and family – are encouraged to join the team, either as a walker, a fundraiser or both.
Mary's Place by the Sea is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support women with cancer through integrative services which compliment their medical treatment and empower, educate and support their healing: mind, body and soul. Located in Ocean Grove, NJ, Mary's Place by the Sea has hosted nearly 8,000 women as guests since 2009.
Mary's Place by the Sea is not a medical facility, but rather a respite home for women receiving treatment for cancer. Services provided include oncology massages, nutrition education, individual counseling, Reiki, guided meditation, expressive writing and gentle yoga. Over the past few years, Seton Hall's nursing students have travelled to Ocean Grove to provide servant leadership on-site at the home. Mary's Place by the Sea is largely operated by volunteers, like our nursing students, and overseen by ten paid staff.
"It's a sacred place and a sacred experience for our nursing students and faculty," said Maureen Byrnes, clinical assistant professor, doctor of nursing practice and certified nurse midwife who coordinated the event. "Mary's Place by the Sea gives women with cancer a calming place to relax, rejuvenate and heal. It's a gift to see people supporting one another and inspiring to watch the transformation."
Although Seton Hall has worked with Mary's Place by the Sea for a number of years, this will be the first year the University is participating in their Walkathon. Linda Ulak, director of the accelerated second degree bachelor's program in the College of Nursing, has stepped up to be the captain for the official "Seton Hall University – College of Nursing" team.
"Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer," explained Ulak. "Being able to lead Seton Hall's team in the Walkathon and support an organization that works to reduce the impacts of cancer treatment on women's mind, body and soul means a lot to me. I look forward to representing our University as one which values servant leadership and helping others."
Members of the University community interested in signing up for the walk or donating click here and select the "Seton Hall University – College of Nursing" team.