A Season of Generosity at HackensackUMC with the New York Giants
December 24, 2015 11:53 AM
Hackensack University Medical Center has always been proud of its partnership with the New York Football Giants. This past year was filled with significant developments, including the introduction of Tackle Kids Cancer (TKC), a groundbreaking fundraising program to find a cure for pediatric cancer. As the year winds down, the Giants and TKC supporters have embodied the spirit of the holidays and made a difference in the lives of pediatric patients.
On December 22, Giants’ Super Bowl MVP quarterback Eli Manning and Giants’ kicker Josh Brown, made a special surprise visit to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Manning and Brown visited with patients and their families, and offered each child a holiday present.
On the same day, former Giants’ center, Shaun O’Hara, visited the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, as well, to hand out Hess Toy Trucks that were donated by Hess Corporation. Hess visits hospitals annually along theEast Coast to donate Hess Trucks to young patients and brighten their holiday season. O’Hara distributed the trucks, signed autographs, and took photos with patients and their families.
Earlier in the week, an incredible milestone was reached by TKC thanks to its devoted supporters. One such supporter was Manning, as his family’s personal contribution enabled TKC to surpass the $1 million mark in donations. More than $1 million raised in just over three months is a significant achievement, and was acknowledged with an on-field recognition moment during the New York Giants vs. Carolina game on December 20.
“We have been proud partners with the New York Giants since 2009,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “The amazing success of the Tackle Kids Cancer campaign in such a short period of time, demonstrates the endless possibilities when we combine our collective strengths. As we work together through TKC, we are opening the door together for new treatment and better care for our pediatric cancer patients. We are grateful to Eli Manning and the Giants for the selfless giving of their time.”
TKC has raised funds through fun and interactive ways, which includes special events with the Giants. Following its launch event at Modell’s Sporting Goods in Times Square, that featured an exclusive Tackle Kids Cancer shirt, Manning and other Giants team members took part in a Monday Night Party event at Ainsworth Park in Manhattan. The sold-out event raised funds to support TKC.
Every dollar received through the TKC campaign supports the Children’s Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital (part of HackensackUMC). To learn more, visit www.TackleKidsCancer.org and follow Tackle Kids Cancer on social media: www.facebook.com/TackleKidsCancer; Twitter: www.twitter.com/TackleKidsCancr; and Instagram: @TackleKidsCancer.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.