Cancer center volunteers honor colleague for her dedication
Listening to the live music played every Wednesday morning at the Music In the Atrium program at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital can be a real treat for patients looking to take their minds off of their cancer battles. For many of those Wednesdays, the work of Sherry Wang has been the icing on the cake, literally and figuratively.
Wang, who has volunteered at the program for about two years, has baked creative treats for patients and visitors to the program, that have included everything from chocolate golf balls (in honor of professional golf tournaments) to marzipan-maple leaf cupcakes (for the start of fall) to a stadium-shaped chocolate cake (for both recent tennis tournaments and the start of football season).
The other volunteers who staff the Music in the Atrium program honored Wang for her dedication in the past two years on Wednesday, September 15. Fellow Atrium volunteer Eileen Brown regaled Wang and the audience with a musical tribute, with accompaniment by pianist Bob Egan and flutist Tassie Livingston.
"She's a genius with sweets; she has thousands of treats; hooray for you, dear cupcake queen," Brown cheered Wang.
"We would like to thank you for your tireless volunteering, your big heart, your thoughtfulness and your dedication and talent, said Atrium volunteer Jeanne Jaeckle, of Mendham. "You have lifted the spirits of all in a very special way."
Wang, a Harding resident, said that her baking for the program was inspired by both her mother, Vera Glass, who at age 84 was treated for breast cancer and lived to age 99, and her cousin, Toby Berman, with whom she was very close.
"I'm just so pleased to be able to do this," Wang said. "It's an inspiration of our health and how lucky we are," Wang said. She was accompanied at the ceremony by her husband, Stephen, a retired physician and former vice president for academic affairs at Atlantic Health, the parent company of Morristown Memorial.
Linda Wacks, the mother of the late Jeffrey Frank Wacks, for whom the Music Therapy Program that includes Music in the Atrium is named for, said it is fortunate for the program to be staffed by individuals such as Wang.
"This program could not exist without the volunteers, and they are people who address their own passions," Wacks, a Morris Township resident, said.
Wang, a member of the board of the Newark Boys Chorus School, said she is looking to have the boys' chorus perform at Music in the Atrium on a Wednesday in the near future.