Who We Serve


In the starfish story entitled “The Star Thrower” by Loren Eiseley, a young man is walking along the beach when he stumbles upon hundreds of starfish that have washed up with the tide.  As the tide went out and the sun rose higher and higher, he began throwing starfish into the ocean.  When an older man asked why, he said he was throwing them in so they wouldn’t die.  Skeptically, the older man remarked that there were too many starfish and throwing them in would not make a difference.  Defiant, the young man picked up a starfish on the sand and said “It made a difference for that one.”

This is how it is for Mary’s Place by the Sea.  We try to make a difference to every woman who walks through our doors.

The women who come to Mary’s Place by the Sea are from all over the United States.  While a majority of our guests are from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, we have had visitors from as far as Alaska, California and Florida.  The integrative approach of Mary’s Place by the Sea has appealed to many women with cancer seeking to respite from their treatment.

Since 2009, Mary’s Place has served nearly 8,000 women with all forms of cancer across the United States.  


Mary’s Place offers a wide range of complimentary services to our guests.  We work with you to customize your visit so that you can take advantage of as many, or as few, of these services as you want.  We can also develop customized services if you let us know what you need in advance.  All of our services are provided by experienced, highly-qualified practitioners. Some services include: Oncological Massage, Reiki/Healing Touch therapy, Integrative Self-Care Therapies, Nutritional counseling, Journal Writing, Social Worker/Counseling, Gentle Yoga.