Tackle Kids Cancer Receives Generous Donation from Corporate Partner Guardian Data Destruction

HACKENSACK, NJ – January 29, 2020 – 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 Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, has received a generous donation in the amount of $7,500 from corporate supporter Guardian Data Destruction.

The donation will benefit Tackle Kids Cancer, which raises funds for critical research and innovative patient care programs at the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

“Corporate support, like we receive from Guardian Data Destruction, is crucial to Tackle Kids Cancer’s success,” said Amy Glazer, executive director of development, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Tackle Kids Cancer. “With this funding, our clinicians and researchers at the Children’s Cancer Institute will continue to make cutting-edge advancements in research and provide children with access to the highest level of care.”

Since 2014, Tackle Kids Cancer has raised funds to support the clinical and research program at the Children’s Cancer Institute. Funds raised have allowed for the implementation of CAR-T cell therapy, the creation of comprehensive neuro-oncology programs, the establishment of a pain and palliative care program utilizing innovative technological intervention to help patients manage pain, and the development of a genomics and precision medicine program.

“It is our honor to make this donation to Tackle Kids Cancer,” said Glenn Laga, president of Guardian Data Destruction. “This is a result of a true collaboration of local companies – Konica Minolta, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Health and Guardian Data Destruction – working together to give back and support the excellent work done by Tackle Kids Cancer. We are proud of what we have accomplished in working together and will continue to support such an honorable program that works to better the lives of our children.”

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in  colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.



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