Ocean of Love is a non-profit, charitable 501 (c)(3) 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.
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.
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.
This group 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.
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 a recent loss of their sibling.
This is a fun night for the siblings of our Ocean of Love children. Cancer affects the entire family and we know they need some special time at Ocean of Love. This is held once a month for all siblings 6 & up.
Theresa Segui - Executive Director
Our Executive Board
Chairman of the Board-Linda Pascarella
Vice Chair-Mike Little
Second Vice Chair-Dave Kalinowski
Sergeant At Arms-Jamie Batzel
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.
The Board of Directors of Ocean of Love were pleased at the appointment of Theresa Segui to Executive Director in 2017. Many people know Theresa as she has been a family of Ocean of Love for many years as well as a caseworker. Her son, Antonio, continues to battle the challenges of his childhood cancer. Those of you who know Theresa understand her dedication to our foundation. Theresa is proud and excited to continue the mission of Ocean of Love.