Our Mission

Ocean of Love is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping Ocean County children with cancer and their families.  Our purpose is to assist the children through their illness.  We provide financial and emotional support so that they can experience the “normal” joys of childhood, knowing their lives are significant and meaningful to each and every one of us.

Our Executive Director Emeritus

Nonprofit Ocean County

Linda Gillick is the co-founder of Ocean of Love and has been the Executive Director of the non-profit organization for over 25 years. As of November 1, 2016, Linda has retired and is the Executive Director Emeritus.

Our History

Ocean Of Love was co-founded by Linda Gillick and the late George Goldt and it began by assisting 12 families in 1988 and to date, has helped over 500 families. Unfortunately we have grown bigger than we ever expected. We would like nothing more than to be able to say childhood cancer no longer exists. As long as children in Ocean County are being diagnosed with cancer, OOL will be here to help.

What We Provide

  • Wawa gas cards
  • Shop Rite gift cards
  • Assistance with household bills including but not limited to; phone, gas, electric, cable, auto/auto insurance payments, mortgage/rent.

  • Holiday Gift Checks
  • Spa Night for moms
  • Blue Claws and Trenton Thunder games
  • Broadway plays, off Broadway and local theater plays

  • Mother’s and Father’s Day projects
  • Purim Baskets
  • Family day out at the movies
  • Holiday food baskets delivered by all our amazing local fire departments for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What We Offer

Parent Support Group

This group meets once a month to lend support to parents of children with cancer that are part of Ocean of Love.   The parents share coping tips as well as their fears and hopes.  Babysitting is provided in house so parents can attend without the stress of leaving children home.  Meetings last approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Adult Group

This group usually meets once a month.  Tina Losi-Petersen, a qualified counselor, runs the group of adults over the age of 25.  The group is made up of cancer survivors and those who are still on treatment. Their peers lend emotional support as they continue to deal with cancer treatment or the long term effects of cancer.

Bereavement Group

Parents of Ocean of Love that have lost children meet once a month. Families help each other cope with the worst loss anyone can experience.

Sibling Bereavement Group

This group usually meets once a month.  Tina Losi-Petersen, a qualified counselor, runs this  group of teens and young adults as they help one another cope with the loss of their sibling.

Teen/Young Adult Group

This group usually meets once a month for the older teens and young adults.  The group is made up of cancer survivors and children who are still on treatment. Peers lend emotional support for those who are experiencing similar situations as themselves.

Sibling Support Group

This is a new group for the siblings of our Ocean of Love children.  Cancer affects the entire family and we have recognized a need for sibling support.  This group will meet once a month and the age will be determined upon interest.

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is available for our families.  Please call the Ocean of Love office for details.

All groups are for Ocean of Love families only

Please check the calendar for dates and times.

Call the office to let us know you will be attending

Upcoming Groups

Jan 13: Sib Bereavement Group 6:30
Adult Group 7:30
Jan 17: Bereavement Group 7 pm
Jan 25: Parent Support Group 7 pm

Feb 8: Bereavement Group 7 pm
Feb 10: Sibling Bereavement Group 6:30 pm
Adult Group 7:30 pm
Feb 22: Parent Support Group 7 pm

Our Staff

Tracy Ratz-Director

Danielle Baer, LSW-Case Worker

Taylor Hearn-Case Worker

Linda Hoehn-Receptionist

Michael Gillick-Volunteer

Our Executive Board

Chairman of the Board-Gary Schiavone

First Vice Chair-Linda Pascarella

Vice Chair-Dave Kalinowski

Secretary-Keith Sacks

Treasurer-Jeff Jones

Sergeant At Arms-Jamie Batzel

Our Board

Eddie Cantalupo

Debra Chrobocinski

Ron Chrobocinski

Jim Dougherty

Bill Hutton

Geri LaMonica

Mike Little

Bill Nally

Mike O’Brien

Dr. Frank Sommerer

Robert Truesdale

Kids Charity Ocean County NJ

Our Supporters

We are very fortunate and thankful to have a variety of supporters.

See the link below for more details.