BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - If you see some bald-headed doctors around Berkeley Heights in a couple of weeks, be sure and thank them for their contributions to childhood cancer research.
A group of doctors from Summit Medical Group will shave their heads next week in an event to raise money for childhood cancer research. The signature head-shaving event will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 in The Cafe, Summit Medical Group, 1 Diamond Hill Road Campus, Berkeley Heights. The event is sponsored by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation devoted to raising money for life-saving, childhood cancer research.
A donor to St. Baldrick’s for many years, Alexander Gnoy, MD, a Summit Medical Group ENT specialist, got personally involved and immediately signed up to shave his head, when a friend’s young son was diagnosed with leukemia.
Wearing his green and yellow “Ask Me Why I’m Bald?” button, Gnoy says, “Everyone can do a little bit more to help someone in need. It is truly humbling to sit next to another parent and hear that their son or daughter is ill. I believe everyone, every day, can try to do a little more for someone else. My goal is to have my neighbor’s son be first to get his head shaved. And my daughters will be next.”
Gnoy practices at the Group’s 1 Diamond Hill Road campus, and in Westfield at 189 Elm Street.
Worldwide, more than 160,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. It remains the leading cause of death by disease among children in the United States. With only 4 percent of all federal cancer research funding dedicated to pediatric cancer research, St. Baldrick’s grant funds are critical to continue the battle against this devastating disease. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, it has funded over $78 million in childhood cancer research.
Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. More than 55,000 patients are treated per month at its main campus in Berkeley Heights, as well as its satellites in Berkeley Heights, Morristown, Millburn, Short Hills, Springfield, New Providence, Warren and Westfield. As one of the East Coast’s premier multispecialty groups, SMG has provided exceptional and specialty care since 1929.
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