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North Brunswick # 098, Freehold # 124, St. Peters # 179, Monroe # 264, Madison Care Center # 262
105 North Center Drive North Brunswick NJ 08902
The Event
Celebrating Community Connections is a community celebration with entertainment, information, and prizes.
Location & Address
Rutgers University New Brunswick NJ, Trayes Hall
On Sunday May 22, from 1-5 pm, the Douglass Campus Center at Rutgers University was the place to be. The Garden State Partners in Service held a fantastic day of education and entertainment for the ESRD community. As participants entered, they were greeted with a display of DCI history, which included KFC buckets filled with pens and red licorice. The “What’s in Your Bucket” video was playing and attendees were able to view Dr. Johnson talking about DCI. Participants entered the auditorium to meet the “Community Connections,” after signing in and receiving a goodie bag, There were 18 tables for different organizations that assist those in need. Included were The New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network (the local OPO), Quality Insights Renal Network 3, County transportation services, Visiting Nurse Association of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Transplant Center, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services – State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Tobacco Dependence Program, home physical therapy, and others. In an area of the room were game tables and a magician for the children (and young at heart). A face painter had a line of people waiting to add some artwork to their faces. Once the participants moved through the room of education and fun, the next room offered great inspiration and entertainment. There were three speakers: Roxanne Black, an inspirational speaker, former DCI patient, transplant recipient, founder of “Friends Health Connection” and author of Unexpected Blessings, spoke as well as signed copies of her book; Dr. David Laskow, transplant surgeon from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, spoke about transplant; Dr. Steven Curtiss, vascular surgeon, spoke about the importance of getting and maintaining a vascular access, as well as the necessity to plan ahead. Then there was music: Anna O’Connor, daughter of a DCI employee, sang and played her guitar beautifully; rap artist David Rush, a transplanted former DCI patient, performed original work. Andre Dubose, a DCI - PD patient, made the crowd laugh with his professional stand-up comedy routine. The most popular part of the day was the raffle of six magnificent prize packages. DCI New Jersey has five hemodialysis units and one PD unit/business office. Each facility chose a theme for a gift basket, and the employees donated most of the items. Celebrating Community Connections was a wonderful event. The approximately 150 participants are still talking about what a great day it was.
Date & Time
May 22, 2011, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
For More Information
Lisa Bross Gajary or Mary Lou Clancy

Full details and program guidelines are posted on www.dciinc.org and the DCI intranet. Acts of Service must be coordinated by DCI employees. All DCI employees are welcome to participate. * Award money received from winning the online competition for "Best Act of Service" is to be used for DCI clinic educational purposes. For example: Paying for staff education courses, funding Pre-ESRD courses, or to purchase educational items to be used in the clinic.

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