OCEAN GROVE - A nonprofit center that helps women fighting cancer can continue its work even after Sandy destroyed the center.
Christine Hansson Massaro was just 42 years old when she died last year from breast cancer. The married mom of two daughters visited Mary's Place by the Sea in Ocean Grove in her final days for a relaxing weekend.
Christine's sister says it was "like her heaven for a little while."
Mary's Place by the Sea is an oceanfront bed and breakfast that provides a place of relaxation and solace for women fighting cancer. Activities at the quaint b&b include oncology massage, yoga, salon treatments and support groups.
However, Mary's Place by the Sea lost everything when Sandy hit. The organization's computer, washer and dryer, furnace and hot water heater were wiped away.
Christine's family recently held a fundraiser honoring her memory. To thank the organization that made Christine's last days comfortable and relaxing, they presented the proceeds raised from that fundraiser to Mary's Place, along with much needed office supplies.
Thanks to the sizable donation, Mary's Place will be able to rebuild and get back up and running.
Christine's family says they believe giving the money to Mary's Place is exactly what she would have wanted.