BOSTON, Mass. -- When Jen Di Reeno died of complications from a rare skin cancer 11 years ago, her teen-age and young-adult friends turned their grief into determination.
They created the Jen Di Reeno Foundation, to carry on the enthusiasm and purpose of the freckle-faced Reading girl.
On Thurs., May 12, 2011 -- what would have been Jen's 33rd birthday -- some 50 friends and family gathered in the oncology wing of Tufts Medical Center for a dedication of "Jen's Lounge" -- a stylish oasis of quiet and sanity for teen cancer patients and their families.
In the lounge, a patient and visitors can spend time together on their hospital room floor -- but in a comfy, livingroom-like setting complete with high-tech entertainment and learning tools.
The mission of the Jen Di Reeno Foundation is to support teens and young adults by providing ways to heal from grief caused by the presence of cancer, other serious illness, and life's critical challenges.
These photos were taken at the dedication ceremony by Bill Densmore in support of donations to the Foundation by Ipswitch, Inc., and its employees.
Jen Di Reeno Foundation Inc.
51 Parkview Road
Reading MA 01867