OCEAN GROVE, NJ - You’ve just received your cancer diagnosis and your mind is flooding with questions and overwhelmed with the need to know answers, where do you turn to? What you need in that moment is a Doctor that will take the time to answer every question you have, but you forget most of them while in their office! “He would call me on Sunday and tell me that they are changing the dosage for chemo,” Debrah Forrester of Spring Lake Heights says of her experience with Dr. Mencel when helping her father go through chemo. “I do not have enough words in my vocabulary to describe how awesome he is. He took care of my father for over 3 years, and was more than just a doc to us. Incredible human being, will ALWAYS be grateful to that man. My father actually looked forward to going to Chemo!! How insane is that!!!”

When a woman is going through her battle of cancer there are few places she can turn to that will give her a place to rest and recuperate, Mary’s Place by the Sea not only provides unconditional care during their time of extreme need but does it at NO COST to their guests. Guests are welcome to stay a few hours or a few days, if needed. Some of the services offered to guests are oncology massage, nutritional counseling, guided meditation, yoga, strength training and in-room spa services. Mary’s Place gives the Doctors a place to send their patients where they can get the extra care they need. “Mary's Place gives my patients support and happiness They call it paradise. They need somebody who understands them and this is what Mary's place is, they understand them. I'm inspired very much, it's a very spiritual place.” says Dr. Peter Mencel. 

Co-Founder Michele Gannon speaks about honoring Dr. Mencel “He has been instrumental in working with us to provide complementary care for his patients and our guests. Honoring him at our 2nd Annual OceanFront Bash is a small way to let him know he is our Healthcare Hero.” John Fudge of Spring Lake says about Dr. Mencel, “He’s a wonderful human being, he treated my mother like his own. I’d give him a kidney if he needed one!”

The first care center was opened in the summer of 2009 and currently operates at 15 Broadway Avenue in Ocean Grove as a 4 bedroom home. Mary's Place is currently building a 10-bedroom home so that they will never have to tell a woman she has to wait to receive these services, which have nearly 5,000 women feel loved and supported.

On October 3, 2015 at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel Mary’s Place by the Sea will hold their 2nd Annual Ocean Front Bash. The 2015 Honorees are Dr. Peter Mencel for the Healthcare Hero Award, Shore to Help for The Humanitarian Heroes Award and Dean and Loretta Nelson for The Community Pioneer Heroes Award.

Volunteers care for the guests at Mary’s Place so the women may focus on their healing gaining strength to win the battle with cancer during their stay. All services are at NO

COST to the guests and funds are raised through private events or through two annual events ran by Mary’s Place, their Walk-a-thon and Ocean Front Bash.

Dr. Mencel speaks more about the importance of Mary’s Place to help with his patients healing, “I tell my patients to be successful in fighting cancer we need multidisciplinary approach and a multidisciplinary approach is teamwork and teamwork is not just now medical oncologist, surgical oncologist, radiation oncologist, pharmacies etc. but something like Mary's place when you have a combination of therapy and other techniques that will give them the relaxation and peace they need and again have hope. With this they are able to fight cancer better!”

Mary's Place by the Sea is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. 

To watch a video to learn more about Marys Place please go to:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RpsAeOqVmw