Press Release

For Immediate Release
Nov 18, 2015
Contact : April Guillerme, Public Relations Manager  

Vassar Vision Awareness Day to Feature Motivational Talks by 21-Year-Old Molly Burke and Meridian Health Expert, Stacy Doumas, M.D.

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Holmdel, NJ - Bayshore Community Hospital will tonight host Mitchell-Vassar Vision Awareness Day from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Addison Park in Aberdeen, New Jersey. The evening will feature talks by Molly Burke, who at four-years-old, was diagnosed with a rare retinal disease that caused blindness and Meridian Health expert, Stacy Doumas, M.D., a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Molly will talk about what life was like growing up with vision impairment, how she was bullied and tormented during her formative years, and how she was able to fight depression and anxiety to find the strength to face her challenges and inspire others. Dr. Doumas will discuss overcoming adversity and provide useful tips that can be put into practice to deal with major life changes.

“This event is going to be great,” said Dr. Doumas. “Molly Burke is an amazing young woman who has really triumphed over adversity. Though she did have some great distress surrounding certain times in her life, she was also resilient. Her story, like other stories of perseverance, is inspirational because it really shows us that it is possible to overcome almost anything that life brings our way.”

The free event, made possible by the Mitchell-Vassar Bright Future Legacy, will include dinner and a resource fair. Participants include:

  • CPC Behavioral Healthcare
  • Del Negro & Senft Eye Associates
  • Lions Club
  • Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
  • NJ Blind Citizens Association
  • NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
  • The Samaritan Center at the Jersey Shore

In addition, unwanted glasses will be collected for the Lions Club “Recycle for Sight” program. To register, please call  800-560-9990 or visit

About Bayshore Community Hospital
Bayshore Community Hospital, a member of the Meridian Health Family, is a 211-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women’s services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Bayshore Community Hospital’s newly developed Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information, visit