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In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or an eating disorder not otherwise specified. For various reasons, many cases are likely not to be reported. In addition, many individuals struggle with body dissatisfaction, the best-known contributor to the development of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. By age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape. 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. This concern endures through life.


Facing cancer once in a lifetime would be tough enough, but Burlington County resident Susan (now 55 years old), had seven cancer diagnoses within 12 years. Not an easy feat, but she handled each discovery with an astonishingly positive spirit. Susan shares her personal encounters to empower others to take control of their health and to focus on life beyond cancer.


Cathi Rendfrey
The statistics are compelling. Approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. The average displaced homemaker is a mother with 2.5 children. Six out of ten of these women live in poverty, yet while they were married, most were middle class. Many are women who have escaped abusive or violent marriages. Who can these displaced homemakers turn to for help?


Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD),  was the first woman to recover from alcoholism in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). As a result, NCADD has always been dedicated to increasing public awareness and support for women struggling with addiction to alcohol and drugs. Alcoholism does not discriminate between men and women.


She has been featured in The New York Times and has performed in clubs throughout the country, from Gotham Comedy Club in New York to The Comedy Stop in Las Vegas. She has also performed at the New York Friars Club, Catch a Rising Star, and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. She can also add the United Nations to her list of credits, where she performed in 2008 with the Comedy Cures Foundation.   Dena also produces and stars in her own one-woman show “One Funny Mother: I’m Not Crazy!!” that incorporates her stories and antics into a multi-media stage show that’s touring nationally.


Aimee R. Belgard, Esq. receives prestigious American Cancer Society Volunteer Award, Jean Metz recognized by Legal Services of New Jersey, NAWBO South Jersey announces new Chapter President.


Whenever a young woman meets a tragic end, Pat Brown’s phone starts to ring. She spends the next few days on the national TV circuit making appearances on The Today Show, CNN, Nancy Grace, and more. She talks about what kind of person would commit the crime in question - whether it’s a rape, murder, or some other horrific violation. Her hope is that by sharing some thoughts that may not have occurred to some of the viewers, she might save some lives.



LiveYourDream.org inspires people to live their dreams, while helping less fortunate women and girls to live theirs.


Aimee R. Belgard, Esq.
When I first heard the word cancer at the young age of nine in learning of my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis, I had no idea what an impact this disease could have or how profoundly it would affect my life. Unknown to me at the time, my mom, just 37 years old, had been essentially handed a death sentence of just one year; however, through determination, treatment (and the healing effects of humor), mom lived to see my sister and me make it through not only elementary school but through our higher education.


Early detection of cancer is crucial for successful treatments and outcomes.  According to the American Cancer Society, “Screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, when they are most likely to be curable.” Screenings involve testing for various cancers with adequate follow-up for abnormal results, and education increases awareness to understand warning signs to discuss with health care professionals.  


Joye Rozier
An Interview with Joye Rozier, MPH, BSN, CSN, RN Coordinator, Burlington/Camden County Regional Chronic Disease Coalition and Camden County Cancer Coalition



For Carmen Rodriguez, life has been a journey of obstacles and achievements, from her roots in Puerto Rico, through her family’s journey to Philadelphia and Camden, to her life as a wife and mother of four – who is also a three-term Camden County Freeholder and a high school science teacher.


Mary Ann C. O’Brien, Esquire
“Every day is extremely full, and there is rarely any time just for myself, but I feel best when I believe that I may have made a difference in someone else’s life.”  Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien has deep roots in Burlington County. A Medford resident for 20 years, she was born and raised in Delran. She attended St. Casimir’s Elementary School and Holy Cross High School. She completed her first year of college at Burlington County College.

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) in the Medford area has awarded college scholarships of $1,000 each to Yolima Perez of Delanco and Wandy Rivera of Burlington.


Toni Pergolin
Toni Pergolin, president and CEO of Bancroft, recently received the Alice Paul Institute’s Equality Award.


Alice Stokes Paul was the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20th century.


An Interview with API Executive Director Valerie Buickerood.


Val Traore was recently named “Heroine of the Year” by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) South Jersey Chapter. CCW spoke with Val about her heroic efforts on behalf of the 170,000 men, women and children in South Jersey who are going hungry.


March is Women’s History Month.  We're featuring nine exceptional women of Camden County in our Spring 2012 issue.


At home with Julianna White: Miss New Jersey USA 2011


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