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Hero of the Game and at Berkeley College
Berkeley College is so proud of Jennifer DeJesus, Director of Adult Admissions at the Woodbridge campus, on being named “Hero of the Game” during a playoff against the New Jersey Devils and the Chicago Blackhawks at the Prudential Center in Newark. The Devils were supporting the National Hockey League’s annual Cancer Awareness Month (October) initiative Hockey Fights Cancer Night.
Ms. DeJesus, a breast cancer survivor, was recognized on the Jumbotron with her family in the second period of the game. While it was an honor to be recognized, Ms. DeJesus said that what is most important to her is getting the word out to other women about the importance of staying current on their breast health.
“My own journey and outcome could have been very different if I wasn’t diligent about staying on top of my breast health and if I hadn’t been treated by doctors who were proactive,” Ms. DeJesus said.
She was diagnosed at 36 years old when her daughters were ages two and four. During surgery in March 2015, doctors discovered an additional early stage cancer that did not show up on her original mammogram. Following surgery, Ms. DeJesus underwent five months of chemotherapy. She said that without the help, support, and caring of her staff and co-workers at the Woodbridge campus, she would not have been able to focus fully on recovering from surgery and getting through the chemotherapy treatments. There were flowers and cards from her Berkeley family following surgery, her staff made sure that everything got done so she did not have to worry about falling behind on work, and on the not-so-good days at the office there were always words of understanding and encouragement.
“I had wonderful support from Berkeley College and was able to work part-time during my chemotherapy treatments, which allowed me to have a sense of normalcy in my life,” Ms. DeJesus said. “A lot of women I met during treatment were not as lucky. They either lost their jobs or were concerned about losing them. That is the last thing you need to be worrying about when you are working on recovery.”
To hear Ms. DeJesus speaking during the NJ Devils game, please click here https://twitter.com/RWJBarnabas/status/792161579248807936