Long Branch, N.J. – According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, each boy in the United States has a 1-in-300 chance of being diagnosed with cancer before his 20th birthday; every girl has a 1-in-333 chance. In spite of such high statistics, less than 3 percent of federal cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer.
The Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center will host a special Tree Lighting Ceremony and Reception honoring Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation on Monday, September 15 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in front of Monmouth Medical Center's main entrance, as part of the Go Gold for Pediatric Cancer Campaign, a joint effort between Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation and Monmouth Medical Center.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the need for critical research funding during the month of September, which is recognized nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
The event will feature personal perspectives from children and families who have benefited from The Valerie Fund Children's Center, as well as commentary from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Also featured will be Valerie Fund supporters Carol Stilwell and Beth McLoone, whose 17-year-old son is a former Valerie Fund patient who will share his experience as a childhood cancer survivor.
Gold ribbons — the trademark color of the Make Some Noise Foundation — will be available for all participants to place on the tree. After the tree is decorated, the crowd will be invited to raise their voices for pediatric cancer awareness alongside ringing church bells and fire alarms.
"We are excited to bring the community together to raise awareness and 'make some noise' for such an important cause. Pediatric cancer has is a disease with a devastating impact on both children and their families. There is a crucial need for more pediatric cancer research and funding," said Susan Dulczak, clinical director, The Valerie Fund Children's Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
Also on hand at the event will be information about Roll Out The Ribbons, Monmouth Medical Center's unique awareness campaign designed to strengthen the fight against all types of cancer and honor courageous individuals who have and are fighting the battle.
Throughout the summer, members of the local community have had the opportunity to dedicate personalized, multi-colored Ribbons of Honor to be tied to the "Promenade of Hope" along the Long Branch boardwalk to deliver messages of hope and healing to the community. Optional donations benefit programs and services for patients and family members of both the Leon Hess Cancer Center and The Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. To learn more about Roll Out the Ribbons, visit www.rollouttheribbons.com or call 1-877-360-6275. Get connected by "liking" Roll Out The Ribbons on Facebook and following @RollOutRibbons on Twitter.
For further information about Make Some Noise, visit www.makenoise4kids.org. For further information about The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center or the Valerie Fund, please visit
About Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation
The Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation is an energized non-profit founded by Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio, an 11-year-old New Jersey boy, who was diagnosed with a highly malignant and aggressive bone tumor in November 2008. During his treatments, Malcolm discovered he was one of 12,000 children a year diagnosed with pediatric cancer, of whom 3,000 will die from their cancers, and that childhood cancer receives only 3% of cancer research funding. Malcolm decided to tackle the challenge of raising awareness and the critically needed funding for pediatric cancer research through the incorporation of the Make Some Nose: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation. The foundation, selected as a top 3 finalist for "Best New Charity" in the 2011 Classy Awards, has raised nearly a million dollars since 2009 and been able to fund decisive translational research at pediatric cancer research facilities across the country. For more information, visit www.MakeNoise4Kids.org.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.