Beth Rosenthal survived a benign brain tumor that she was diagnosed with at the age of 11 in 1985. Today, she fights to raise awareness of the dangers of these tumors.

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She still faces major obstacles physically because of the surgery and radiation. Some of the ailments include a weak left side and chronic pain that she has battled for over 20 years. The battle has also gone on to get the word out that just because a tumor is not malignant, does not mean it isn't dangerous.

One thing that was not helping Beth's fight was the lack of support that she received from support group.

"Somebody referred to a benign brain tumor as a good kind of tumor, well that's when I started my mission on educating about benign brain tumors," Beth explained.

In 2008, with the help of a friend, she launched the website, It's Just Benign.

Beth said that the website is, "allowing for them to come to a website and to connect with other survivors who are dealing with the same side-effects."

In just a short time, the group has garnered over 600 members from all over the globe, creating quite a helpful network for all of these survivors.

"It's fulfilling when I see and understand that all these members aren't as isolated," Beth said.

The charity became a full-fledged 501 C3 non-profit. The goal is to continue to grow, and allow for more survivors to have a place where they feel comfortable and connect.

To learn about the charity, and how you can help, visit their website at


United Way of Greater Union County

2011 was a big year for the United Way of Greater Union County. Nearly 30 Union County companies partnered with the United Way in various donation drives to help the underserved. The Holiday Wishes toy drive which provided holiday gifts to children from disadvantaged households valued at over $13,600. In addition, companies fullfulled the holiday wishes for over 500 needy children.

Tyle Cmil

An event is being held for 8-year-old Matawan resident Tyler Cmil. Tyler is battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. The community is holding a fundraiser for him to assist with his medical bills on Febuary 25 at Sterling Gardens. To register for tickets, contact