About the Symposium
The Janice Lynn Cohen Memorial Symposium is designed to bring medical professionals, clergy and pastoral leaders, policy makers, social workers and the community together to discuss issues related to medical and spiritual care of children and adolescents. This annual symposium is supported by a memorial fund established by Marshall and Doris Cohen in memory of their daughter, Janice Lynn Cohen. Janice was born on December 28, 1965 in Rochester, NY and died November 2, 1975. Despite having cystic fibrosis, Janice lived as fully and completely as any young person can. She enjoyed gymnastics, drama and music, and played the flute. She lived joyously and abundantly, and her enthusiasm for life was infectious.
The Janice Lynn Cohen Memorial Fund was established with the counsel and assistance of Dr. Robert Schwartz, who was Janice’s pediatrician, and by Rabbi Harry Goldman, who at the time of the fund’s establishment, was a Doctor of Ministry at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. The fund is intended to support programs of training which will enable clinicians and religious leaders to serve the special needs of children with chronic illnesses and their families. Marshall and Doris Cohen are deeply committed to serving this need in conjunction with members of the medical and religious community. We are grateful for their generous and on-going support which makes this annual symposium possible.