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Member News — Tackle Kids Cancer Receives Generous Donation from Immaculate Heart Academy Softball Team
July 10th, 2018

The Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce that Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic program benefitting the Children’s Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, received a generous donation in the amount of $6,892 from a softball team at Immaculate Heart Academy.

“Tackle Kids Cancer is incredibly grateful to the students and softball team from Immaculate Heart Academy,” said Amy Glazer, director, Tackle Kids Cancer and Annual Giving, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation.   “Efforts such as theirs are not only raising valuable funds, but are helping to change the lives of children with cancer.  Their commitment to pediatric cancer research demonstrates true compassion.  We are most appreciative.”

The proceeds are the result of a fundraiser the team held in memory of their former coach, Anthony LaRezza, who had cancer and passed away in February 2016. The team hosted the third annual Anthony LaRezza Softball Invitational with proceeds benefitting Tackle Kids Cancer, and also created an online fundraising page to solicit donations from families, friends and the community. All money raised for the Tackle Kids Cancer program funds critical research and innovative patient care programs.

From left to right:

Gianna Stirone, Immaculate Heart Academy; Derek Hanson, M.D., program head, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Children’s Cancer Institute, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center; Emily  Gyongyosi, Immaculate Heart Academy;  Ashlyn Corra, Immaculate Heart Academy; Catherine Thomas, Immaculate Heart Academy; Lindsay Gilchrist, Immaculate Heart Academy; Gabriella Cangiamila, Immaculate Heart Academy; Diana Fasano, coach, Immaculate Heart Academy; and Stephen Percy, M.D., interim chair, Department of Pediatrics, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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