Brick Township Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero was awarded the Patient Courage Award by the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences at the Monday, November 13 Council Meeting.

Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero addresses the audience at the November 13 Council meeting.

The Patient Courage Award is presented to remarkable individuals who have triumphed over adversity despite difficulties due to a serious or chronic disease.  Councilwoman Pontoriero was diagnosed with oral cavity cancer – a rare and debilitating form of head and neck cancer – in February 2017.  She has continued to serve the public while battling the cancer.

“I am in awe every single day of Marianna’s courage and strength in her battle against cancer,” said Mayor John G. Ducey who nominated Councilwoman Pontoriero for the award.  “Through all of the challenges she has faced since her diagnosis and the start of her treatment, she has continued to serve the community.  Not only that, she has worked to support and advocate for other people suffering from cancer.  She has been and continues to be an inspiration to us all and she is more than deserving of this award.”

Marianna Pontoriero, who is an attorney, has served on the Township Council since January 2014.  On November 7, she easily won re-election and received the most votes on any council candidate on the ballot.

In addition to her serving on the Council, Marianna is active in several charitable organizations including Ocean Harbor House, where she serves on the Board of Directors.  Marianna and her wife Crystal have been foster parents for over 10 years and have three young children.

Mayor Ducey honored Councilwoman Pontoriero at the meeting with a Mayoral proclamation designating Friday, November 17 as Councilwoman Marianna Pontoriero Day in the Township of Brick.