RNS Cancer & Heart Fund


Ruth Newman Shapiro was a vital young woman in her mid-thirties when cancer brought her life to an abrupt and tragic end. Her mother, Rose Newman, turned her personal grief into positive action by reaching out to the greater Atlantic City community and establishing the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer Memorial Fund (RNS) in 1961.


The original mission of RNS was to provide the finest facilities and equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the region. When the need for more sophisticated facilities for the treatment of heart disease became a medical priority, RNS expanded its mission and became the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund in order to serve the best interests of the residents of Southeastern New Jersey. RNS is now able to plant the seeds of hope for everyone who needs it, now and for generations to come.


RNS is celebrating 49 years of dedicated service to our community. This ALL volunteer organization, through the support and generosity of members and friends, has raised over $12 million to fund the programs, services and equipment purchases for hospitals in the region. Membership dues, honorial & memorial gifts and fundraising efforts support:


  • RNS Regional Cancer Center at AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center
  • RNS Cardiac Care Center at Shore Memorial Hospital
  • RNS Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation
  • The Heart Institute at AtlanticCare Regional Medical Center
  • RNS Mobile Mammography Service at AtlantiCare Medical Center
  • RNS Patient Transport Van Service at Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation
  • RNS Radiation Therapy Unit at Shore Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center
  • Cape Regional Medical Center


Because we care – the members of RNS, made up of over 1,000 women and men, will continue its efforts to save and preserve life.