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Hillsborough Teen Helps Raise $28,000 for Medical Center

July 7, 2010
Stephen Wurst, 13, of Hillsborough, recently presented a check for $27,800 to Kathleen Toomey, MD, medical director of The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center, representing total funds he helped raise for care provided to cancer patients being treated at Somerset Medical Center.
In memory of his mother, Laurie Parlin, who died of breast cancer in August 2009, Wurst helped raise the funds through “Laurie’s Legacy,” a special fund established through Somerset Medical Center Foundation.

Fundraising efforts included an appeal letter sent to members of the community and Stephen's classmates at Hillsborough Middle School and a raffle at the Somerset Patriots’ Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Mother’s Day. One of his friends, Emily Raczkowski of Hillsborough, was so inspired by his efforts that she asked those attending her Sweet 16 birthday party to donate money to Laurie’s Legacy in lieu of gifts, raising $905. 

In addition, Wurst collected donations of 450 DVDs and two DVD players for Somerset Medical Center’s Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion and the infusion therapy suite at The Steeplechase Cancer Center.
Wurst’s efforts recently earned him recognition as a local winner of the Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, which honors volunteers ages 6 to 18 years old. Wurst was selected as a winner from the Hillsborough Kohl’s store. 

For more information about Laurie’s Legacy or to make a donation, call Somerset Medical Center Foundation at 908-685-2885 or visit