PUPPY Therapy

Click the image below to link to Patient Emily’s blog post about her experience with Pet therapy during treatment for Breast Cancer.

Patient Helen Conlin on

Massage Therapy


Jacqueline Delovich creates a wonderful diversion in addition to making my hands, that have been affected by the cancer in my bones, feel so much better.  Also, Jacqueline has the most calming and pleasing demeanor about herself.

What a wonderful program being offered to us undergoing treatment.

Patient Marilyn Reynolds on Massage Therapy


“I was in St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital for 2 months.  I received hand massages whenever I could, and Jackie Delovich was just wonderful.

This is a wonderful program you have. 

Keep up the good work!”

The following post-Journey note was submitted by the winner of a two-night stay during February 2012 at The Tropicana Casino-Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. Out of respect for the patient’s request for privacy, we have omitted her name from this post.

I just returned home this afternoon and I already want to go back. It’s another world down there– and a great way to have a mental break from my medical issues. As you can imagine, you cannot think of needles, drips and doctors when you’re playing the slots!

And when I wasn’t at the casino, I had the chance to take a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk and occasionally stop and stare at the ocean. Beautiful. It didn’t matter at all that my friend and I went to Atlantic City in February. The weather was lovely and, even better, the traffic on the Garden State Parkway was lovely as well!

What a beautiful, thoughtful gift. I am so grateful for the generosity you’ve shown me.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Patient Andrea Gallo on The Creative Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program,

Survivors Day Speech 2012


“...I’d like to thank Robin Glazer of the Creative Center for sending talented compassionate artists to help take our minds off treatments. I have grown especially fond of Nikki Schiro. She’s a painter, whose radiant smile should be cloned, packaged and shipped off to hospitals and infirmaries around the world. Making art again has been a revelation for me, and she was a catalyst to that...”

The following post journey note was submitted by patient Frances Smeal and her daughter, Roberta Eaton, who traveled together on Norwegian cruise lines on a one week trip from New York to Bermuda in October 2011.


Frances – “We had a great time. The food was excellent. I enjoyed playing Bingo, Deal or no Deal, and taking in the shows every night, some of which were fantastic. Best of all, I felt good the whole time I was away.”


Roberta – “The cruise was phenomenal. My mom worked her whole life and never had a real vacation. I made sure she did everything that she would enjoy on the ship. She went in a whirlpool for the first time in her life, ate in a French restaurant which was excellent, went to every show, and every Bingo game (she even won $54!). While we were in Bermuda, we went on a 4-1/2–hour excursion in a cab from one end of the island to the other. She had a terrific time on the excursion and was laughing her head off from our very funny cab driver.”

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The following is from Patient Scott M. Univer, in regards to his Massage Therapy experience.


“...During my treatments I have had several hand massages from Jacqueline Delovich who performs that service for chemotherapy patients. I would like to compliment Ms. Delovich for the sensitivity and skill she displays in doing these massages. I believe I have benefitted substantially. The massages are soothing and help dispel the tension of the chemotherapy process. In addition, my hands are unusually chapped and sore from frequent hand washing required by my condition. Also, one side effect of my therapy is sensitivity to cold temperatures in things I touch. I think the massages help with all of these side-effects. Finally, I have observed that Ms Delovich is unfailingly cheerful and sensitive to the desires of all the patients. I think the service she provides is very beneficial and I commend the Hospital for providing it.”

Written by Bill Parness, husband of former patient Laura Parness and the creator of Laura’s Journeys


“Integral to the planning that went behind our journeys was the encouragement and support we got from Laura’s oncologist, Dr. Gabriel Sara, now Executive Director, Patient Services Initiative of Continuum Health Partners and Medical Director of the Infusion Suite at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. Dr. Sara and his staff worked closely with us to plan our travel dates around the treatments.”

The following post-journey note was sent by Gerolyn Martinez, who won a seven-night stay at the Marriott Vacation Club Fairway Villas resort near Atlantic City. She travelled with her husband in October 2011.

“...When you leave New York, you forget that people who don’t know you say, “good morning”...We took advantage of a lot of the amenities that the resort offers. I regularly went to the spa, pool, sauna and whirlpool, and my husband loved the gym.

My husband and I were looking for something relaxing and laid back, and this fit the bill perfectly. Everyday we had a little agenda to do. We hit various restaurants in nearby Atlantic City, including a Cuban one in the Tropicana where we also went dancing on Friday night. We also went to the outlets in Atlantic City, the movies and took short drives during the day. We timed our activities so I would have enough energy to enjoy our evenings out.

We hadn’t gone away for a full year, and were looking to get away around the time of our wedding anniversary. When you go through something like cancer treatment, you don’t want to be in a crowded, hectic environment. Our mindset was to have a nice little escape in a relaxed environment and this was exactly what we needed.”

Patient Connie on Timothy, the Music Therapist, regarding the HSF Programs


“Tim has been played as big a role in my healing as any of the doctors, nurses and medicine.”

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