Michelle Gannon – 2015 Top 25 Nonprofit

Founder at Mary’s Place by the Sea

Mary’s Place by the Sea provides a place for women to heal from cancer: mind, body and soul. Located in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, guests are invited to stay at Mary’s Place, at no cost to them, for the day or up to three days. Founders Michele Gannon and Maria McKeon, busy moms and kindred spirits, began the grassroots non-profit as volunteers renting space in a local home. Through the overwhelming response from guests, volunteers and donors, Mary’s Place has grown into an organization with over 100 volunteers. Mary’s Place offers guests a variety of supportive holistic services that help women cope with the stresses of cancer. Through oncology massage, guided meditation, reiki therapy, nutritional counseling, restorative yoga, journaling, psychotherapy and most importantly unconditional LOVE, women are able to relax, rejuvenate and release. After hosting over 4,000 women from across the country, since opening its doors in 2009, Mary’s Place by the Sea is currently building a 10-bedroom, handicap- accessible home, also located in Ocean Grove, to meet its growing demand. Michele believes: “Mary’s Place by the Sea is a life changing experience for all who choose to visit; guests and volunteers alike. It has been incredible to watch the community of New Jersey come together and support this heart-felt mission.”

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