Meridian Cancer Care to Host Free Dinner and Comedy Show at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Contact:Robert Cavanaugh, Public Relations Manager

Meridian Cancer Care to Host Free Dinner and Comedy Show at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) community is just half as likely to seek out preventive health screenings as the population overall. In response to this statistic Meridian Cancer Care is hosting a free dinner and comedy show on Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. The event will be held in Lance Auditorium at Jersey Shore University Medical Center located at 1945 Route 33 in Neptune.

As part of the event, an educational session will be held empowering the LGBTI population to: understand the importance and recommended schedule of preventive health screenings, to feel more comfortable discussing their health needs, and seek out health providers and services without stigma. Registration for the event is required and attendance is open only to adults.

Comedian Julie Goldman will be performing at the event, sharing her experience as an uninsured lesbian woman and performing a new comedy routine. She has appeared on both Comedy Central and Logo's Big Gay Sketch Show.

This event is part of the "Every Woman Counts" program which is funded by the Susan G. Komen for the CureR of Central and South Jersey. The grant helps provide free screening mammograms to eligible women. To receive a free mammogram, participants must be uninsured or under-insured and have a prescription from their health care provider requesting a screening mammogram. Screenings are available by appointment only.

"It is essential for our program to raise awareness about the importance of breast exams," says Betty Moore, R.N., OCN, CBCN, clinical advocate for the breast cancer program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. "Our goal is to make sure women can receive a screening mammogram regardless of their lifestyle and cost of the procedure."

For more information on the event or to register please call Betty Moore, RN, at 732-776-4508, or email

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiovascular care, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, neuroscience, and women's specialty services.