HACKENSACK, NJ -- 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.

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ABOUT TACKLE KIDS CANCER

Tackle Kids Cancer is a philanthropic initiative of the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.  Funds raised support pediatric cancer research and innovative patient services at the Children’s Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.  To date, Tackle Kids Cancer has raised more than $5 million to support its mission.