Long Branch, N.J. – Each child in the United States has a one-in-320 chance of being
diagnosed with cancer before his or her 21st birthday, but less than three percent of federal cancer
research funding goes to pediatric cancer.
The Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, as part of the 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 Friday, September 21
from 7 to 9 p.m. in front of the Sea Bright fire house, located at 1099 East Ocean Ave. in Sea
Bright, 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 at Monmouth Medical Center as well as commentary from
Margaret Fisher, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and medical director of The Children’s Hospital at
Monmouth Medical Center, and Heather Grossman, M.D., section chief of Pediatric
Hematology/Oncology at The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. The program
includes lighting a tree that has been decorated in gold – the trademark color of the Make Some
Noise Foundation – as well as ringing church bells and fire alarms as guests pause for a moment
of silence. A reception will immediately follow the program.
“The Sea Bright community will gather as a collective body to literally ‘make some noise’ to
raise awareness of pediatric cancer and the devastating impact this disease has on children and
their families, as well as the need for more pediatric cancer research and funding,” said Susan
Dulczak, clinical director, The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Monmouth Medical Center.
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 www.barnabashealth.org/Monmouth.
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,
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