The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation was founded in 2002 to honor the 32-year-old Readington Township resident who died in 2001 after a five-year battle with Hodgkin’s disease. Since then, the group has donated more than $625,000 to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
On Sept. 29, the Somerset Health Care Foundation, the fundraising arm for RWJUH Somerset, announced the two organizations will become one.
Proceeds from the merger will support “Paul’s Place” – formally called the Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion – a 35-bed inpatient unit at RWJUH Somerset that was funded by the Nardoni Foundation.
In addition to Paul’s Place, over the years the Nardoni Foundation has funded the Steeplechase Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient facility on the hospital’s campus, while its Special Needs Fund has provided more than $50,000 in aid to cancer patients at the center.
In a statement, Paul Hubert, chair of the Somerset Health Care Foundation’s board of trustees, welcomed the Nardoni Foundation.
“For the past 20 years, we have been proud to partner with the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation to enhance the services we provide to cancer patients and their families, from ensuring that patients and their families have comfortable overnight accommodations to helping patients with cancer pay for medication, utilities, groceries and other household expenses,” Hubert said.
As part of the merger, Ellen Nardoni, Paul Nardoni’s wife and a founding trustee of the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation, will join the Somerset Health Care Foundation’s board of trustees in 2023.
Roseann Nardoni, Paul Nardoni’s mother and chairman of the foundation, called the merger “a natural next step for us.”
“We are thrilled that Ellen will represent our mission and preserve the ‘Carpe Diem’ legacy inspired by Paul,” Roseann Nardoni added.
Donations to Somerset Health Care Foundation support the hospital’s facilities, technologies and patient care.