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.

What We Provide

  • Gas cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Assistance with household bills
  • Holiday gift checks
  • Holiday food baskets
  • Scholarships and so much more!!

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.

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.

Young Adult Group

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.

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 a recent loss of their sibling.

Sibling Game Night

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.

Our Staff

Theresa Segui - Executive Director
Kristin Nielsen
Carlos Juarez

Our Executive Board
Chairman of the Board-Linda Pascarella
Vice Chair-Mike Little
Second Vice Chair-Dave Kalinowski
Secretary-Mike O'Brien
Treasurer-Bob Truesdale
Sergeant At Arms-Jamie Batzel

Our Board
Andy Chase
Lisa Hill
Heather Kannheiser
Christine Linton
Ted Maturo
Pat Mermini

We are very fortunate and thankful to have a variety of supporters. See the link below for more details.

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.

Our Executive Director Emeritus

Our Executive Director Emeritus

Linda Gillick is the co-founder of Ocean of Love and had 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 Executive Director |Theresa Segui

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.