Long Branch, NJ – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children, between infancy and age 15, in the United States. Each child has a one in 320 chance of being diagnosed with cancer before their 21st birthday. Despite these grim statistics, less than 3 percent of federal cancer research funding goes to pediatric cancer.
This September, which is recognized nationally as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation and the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation are raising awareness of childhood cancer and the need for critical research funding through the Go Gold for Pediatric Cancer Campaign.
“Childhood cancer is a devastating disease for any parent to watch their child go through. More heartbreaking is to know thousands of children every year are diagnosed with some sort of pediatric cancer. The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and its Valerie Center treat hundreds of children every year from our community. We pride ourselves on providing the best clinical care close to home, which these families will tell you is priceless to them and their child’s recovery,” said Tara Kelly, vice president of development, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation.
During September, business districts and schools throughout Atlantic Highlands, Little Silver, Sea Bright, Ocean Township, Oakhurst, Long Branch and numerous other Monmouth County communities, as well as the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, will display gold flags in support of the campaign. Additionally, local businesses and restaurants will be offering “Go Gold” specials in support of the campaign.
“Parents, family and friends watch their children smile through tears, laugh through their pain and endure testing and procedures that would make even the strongest adult cringe,” said Gerri Daneman, parent of a daughter with pediatric bone cancer and vice president and a board of trustee of Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation. “We are so grateful for the support from the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation and The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center to help spread the word about childhood cancer and help the many children fighting these diseases.”
On September 28, Make Some Noise: Cure Kids Cancer Foundation will host its T’d Off at Cancer Golf Outing and the third annual Rockin’ for the Gold Fundraiser, featuring dinner, open bar, auction items and music from Brian Kirk and the Jirks.
The T’d Off at Cancer Golf Outing will take place at Suneagles Golf Course, located 240 Tinton Avenue in Tinton Falls, beginning at 11 a.m. Tickets for the outing are $100 for golf and $200 for golf and the dinner event.
Rockin’ for the Gold will take place from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Gibbs Hall, also located at 240 Tinton Avenue in Tinton Falls, and includes cocktails, a buffet dinner, open bar, auction and live music by Brian Kirk and the Jirks. Tickets for Rockin’ for the Gold start at $100. For information or tickets for T’d Off at Cancer and Rockin’ for the Gold, contact Beth McLoone at email@example.com.
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 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.
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