According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 285 children will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 20.
To raise awareness for the need for pediatric cancer research, the Valerie Fund Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, part of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, recently hosted a tree-lighting ceremony and reception honoring Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation as part of the Go Gold for Pediatric Cancer Campaign. A joint effort of 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, recognized nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
"We are thrilled that our community has once again joined together to 'make some noise' and rally around such an important cause. Pediatric cancer is a terrifying disease with a devastating impact on both children and families. The need for more pediatric cancer research and funding is critical in the fight against this disease," said event organizer Susan Dulczak, clinical director, The Valerie Fund Children's Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
The event, which was held in front of Monmouth Medical Center's main entrance, featured personal perspectives from patients Jack McLoone and Orion Daneilson, who spoke about the care and support they received while receiving treatment from The Valerie Fund. Remarks were also provided by New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and Heather Grossman, chief of pediatric oncology at Monmouth Medical Center, and the founder of Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation, Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio. Now 16, Malcolm was diagnosed in early December 2008 with a pediatric bone cancer called Pelvic Ewing's Sarcoma and immediately began raising funds for research and speaking out about pediatric cancer. In addition, the communities of Atlantic Highlands, Little Silver, Long Branch and Sea Bright were recognized for supporting the Go Gold for Pediatric Cancer campaign by flying Go Gold flags in their towns.
At the conclusion of the program, participants who gathered around the tree, which was also decorated with gold ribbons – the trademark color of the Make Some Noise Foundation – were invited to make some noise with the plastic horns known as vuvuzelas, alongside ringing church bells and a police siren.
The Valerie Fund Center at the Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center provides comprehensive medical services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with leukemia and cancers and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and thrombocytopenia.
For more information about Make Some Noise, visit www.makenoise4kids.org. For further information about The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center or the Valerie Fund, please visit
PHOTO: Gathering at the tree-lighting ceremony in front of Monmouth Medical Center are, standing from left, Bill Arnold, chief operating officer of Monmouth Medical Center; Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center; Mayor Frederick J. Rast III of Atlantic Highlands; New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno; Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of pediatrics and medical director of The Unterberg Children's Hospital; and Carol Stillwell, a member of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and friend of the hospital's Valerie Fund Center.
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 16,000 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 $1.5 million 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 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 Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.