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February 2024 Donations

Hello, it’s been a while since we last posted. We are happy to report that the fund assisted two special cancer patients this month.

  1. A woman that is battling breast cancer needed funds ($1,500) to help with her chemo-therapy treatments.
  2. A patient that has oral cancer needed to get 9 teeth pulled due to the side effects of chemotherapy. The fund paid $1,000 towards the dental service cost.

Thanks again to everyone that supports this effort. Bernie always was the one helping others and we want to continue that moving forward.

The Month Of May

This time of the year brings back many memories. Mother’s Day. Bernie’s Birthday (May 12) and the day she passed (May 14). Her memory is still alive in all of us that knew her. Her impact on other people’s lives is also still present. Through the Foundation that bears her name, we have helped so may cancer patients financially since 2016, when the Foundation was established.

Recently, the foundation has donated to a patient that needed extensive Physical Therapy to help with the side effects of her chemotherapy.

BMMF also pays for the monthly Sparta Regional Cancer Care Associates Exercise class that patients can attend free of cost. This contribution has been going on since June 2016.

During this time of the year we are asking for donations to her fund so that we can continue to help patients that have been diagnosed with cancer.

Thank you everyone who has donated in the past and we hope you can continue to support The Bernadette Melberger Memorial Fund.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Day

November 23, 2022

During the week of Thanksgiving, let’s all be thankful for the loved ones that we still have with us. Bernie loved the Holiday Season, especially Thanksgiving.

Our foundation is all about helping woman that have been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and to assist them financially, in any way we can.

Please consider donating to our cause if you can.

Thank you all and we hope your families stay healthy during the 2022 Holiday Season.

Below are some links that provide information on Ovarian Cancer




Latest BMMF Donations in 2021

  1. We donated funds to a family to help with cancer costs for their daughter.
  2. We donated funds to cover transportation costs for a cancer patient’s CyberKnife treatment.
  3. We donated funds to pay for a patient’s chemotherapy treatment for her cancer.

5 years ago…

On May 11, 2016 Bernie had surgery at Morristown Memorial Hospital to remove fluid around her heart. She was also going to have a drain put in to relieve the fluid build up around her lungs.

On May 12, 2016, we celebrated Bernie’s 56 birthday in the hospital.

On May 14, 2016, Bernie passed away, leaving a really big hole in a lot of people’s hearts.

We still remember her, through her children, her students who have successfully built wonderful careers and families, and through the foundation that bears her name.

We miss and love you so much.

BMMF Covers Chemo Cost for Patient

The Regional Cancer Center of Sparta NJ requested if we could assist with chemo for a cancer patient. We agreed and covered the $900 cost for this patient.

BMMF Helps Patient with Transportation needs.

We will be paying the transportation costs for a patient from Sparta to Morristown NJ. They need to see a specialist and did not have the means at this time to pay for transportation.

Happy 60th Birthday Bernie!

May 12, 2020 would have been Bernie’s 60th birthday. We always have a fund-raising effort around this time. This year we received close to $1,100 from our friends, family and Twitch streamers (Chris Melberger and Chris Pszonek). We appreciate all your support, which will help current cancer patients and families dealing with their illness.

Twitch Fundraiser: $7,000!!

Chris, Bernie’s son is a Twitch partner. He streams his social media content using Twitch and he had a 2 year anniversary stream on April 27, 2019. He dedicated this stream to his Mom and raised $7,000 from his Twitch community. All of the proceeds will be deposited into the BMMF, which will have such a positive impact on current cancer patients and their families. Thanks so much to Chris and his Twitch community! Well done.

Bernie’s impact on her students.

Since Bernie passed, we have received some emails, texts, etc. from her former students and how she impacted their lives. We are sharing them below:

Hi. You don’t remember me, but my name is Jen. I played Field Hockey with Meghan Rauner and Laura Newman at Boonton HS. I had dinner with Laura last nite, she lives in South Florida and I live in Central Florida and she was in my area, so we met up. I just want to say, how very sorry I am, I just heard and did not know. I loved Mel like a surrogate-sister since my own family was from hell, and she knew it and was very gracious about it. I am sorry I lost contact with her and wished I had known… I moved to Florida and have been a Critical Care/ER Nurse for 15 years and have a little girl of my own, 14, and not so little anymore, named Summer. I will miss Her and always remember her as a woman with a heart of gold who cared so much and touched our lives in such a way that she will always be in our hearts. Again, I am so so sorry and my thoughts and prayers go out to you, your children and your family.

Blessed Be, Jennifer Zsarko.

Hey Emily
Sorry if this is abrupt but i hope all is well. I hope college is going well. I just wanted you to know how much your mom meant to me. I never got a chance to say this. Your mom wrote my college recommendations that ultimately led to me being where I’m at. I failed getting into Rutgers three times and your mom wrote individual different recommendations three different times. If it wasn’t for your mom, after getting out of the military, i would have never made it into college. As I’m about to graduate I’m realizing more and more how much your mom impacted me. Your mom changed my life in a way i never could have imagined. I felt like i needed to share this with you as it’s been weighing on my shoulders for a while. Once again, i hope all is well. I’m sorry if this bothered you, but for some reason i feel like i needed to share this with you. As i said i hope all is well. –


To Bernie; Mrs. Mel; Mel
Thank you. Thank you for being my mom away from home. Thank you for listening to my rants when my mom was not able to. Thank you for listening to me when I felt uncomfortable talking to anyone else. Thank you for countless hours of listening, for gossiping and being a foundation of my childhood. You are the women with the strongest heart, the laugh that lights up the room, the smile that comforts me in my saddest moments. You are high school memories and midnight stories, talking about the future and who we would marry. You are the women who built us up, who kept us strong, and who made us feel like we were better than any dumb guy. Who always loved me as if I was one of your own, and sometimes made me really believe I was part of the family. No, you will never be my actual mom but you are my second momma, and even though I have only known you for a portion of my life, I will always feel somewhat like a daughter to you. From the first day I walked into your home, you made me feel more comfortable than anyone ever has before. More than anything, thank you for having a perfect daughter of your own. You have shown us to always watch each other’s back, and I will always be there for her. I want you to know how much of an impact you have had on my life and always will. Thank you for caring about me, teaching me about love and friendships and being one of my best friends that I will cherish forever. I will miss you for eternity.


Thank You for the Sunshine You Brought

By: Kacie Lynch

Bernadette Melberger, Bernie Melberger, Mrs. Mel, Bern, Mel, Mom, was a woman who inspired masses. She was a teacher, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife and a friend. But she wasn’t just these things. She was so much more.

She was vivacious and bold. Hilarious and witty. Always sarcastic and would call anyone’s bullshit. Loved to travel and her family. Loved to teach. Loved Broadway. And she loved to laugh.

On May 14, 2016, this community, this world, lost one of the good ones, much too soon. It seems like we are almost always losing the good ones too soon. On May 14th, one of the bravest people I know, one of the most courageous fighters, lost her battle.

Words cannot begin to capture the feeling of loss that now plagues so many.

I didn’t know Mrs. Mel as well as many people, but I consider myself lucky to have known her at all. She was one of a kind. Whenever my friends and I went to Mel’s house she was bound to be in on the gossip, laughing with us (or often times at us) for the stupidity and chaos that often ensued around a group of high school girls.

She was there for the good times, always present in dance and party photos, making an appearance. And always having as much fun as everyone else. She was always welcoming us into her home, feeding us and enjoying every moment of the ridiculousness with us all.

She was there for the bad times, too. She was there when we lost Anthony, she was there when I moved, and then moved back. She was there in the 7th grade when I was a little too sad and a little too scared to tell my mom. She was there to remind us that everyone makes mistakes (like that one time my mom was away and I invited people over and she found out but Bern let me cry to her).

And she was there to make us laugh. That’s how I will always remember her. I will remember her contagious, vibrant, incredible laugh. I will remember her talking about traveling the world. And I will remember how she actually sought out to do it and inspired me to do the same.

Most of all, I will remember that she gave me my best friend, Emily.

To Emily, there are times when words just aren’t enough. I believe this is one of those times, but I will certainly try. To tell you I am sorry would be an understatement, to tell you I understand would be a lie, but to tell you that you are strong enough would be the truth. There are no words I can offer you to fix the unimaginable pain you are enduring, they simply are not enough. I love you and I am rooting for you, we are all rooting for you. And I will always be here, always.

I will remember it all. All the moments that made up such a magnificent life. And I will miss her, just as we all will, endlessly and indefinitely.

I will see her in Emily and in their house. I will see her in Sparta, in the halls of the high school, and I will see her in her friends. I will hear her voice echoing throughout the Melberger house. I will see her in all my friends and we will laugh thinking of all the times we had with her, always wishing we had more.

This world is full of so much bad; I am so thankful that all who knew Bernie Mel got a glimpse of some of the good, some of the best.

There’s nothing beautiful or romantic about death. But there was so much beauty surrounding Mrs. Mel and the life she created. It’s as if everything she touched, everyone she came in contact with became illuminated, less serious, more lively.

We don’t have to say goodbye because we will see her in everything. The bonds Mrs. Mel formed cannot be destroyed by something as powerful as death.

I truly believe, that the ones who love us, never really leave us. And I know that Mrs. Mel will never really leave us, any of us, any of the thousands of lives she has touched in ways some of us haven’t even realized yet.

To me, she will always be a hero. Someone who fought so gallantly, with so much bravery and positivity. Someone who fought with an enduring smile.  

My mom used to say, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” I never understood what that meant, but I understand now. We must smile when we think about the way Mrs. Mel lived her life, even if that means smiling through the tears we will all inevitably shed.  

If you knew her, then I’m incredibly sorry for your loss. If you didn’t, then I am equally as sorry that you didn’t get the chance to know someone so radiant, someone so ecstatic to be alive, someone so full of life and joy. Someone who brought sunshine even on the cloudiest of days.