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Meet Kenda

September 14, 2022

Kenda is a cheerful 9 year-old excited for a great year in 4th grade. With the help of Derek Hanson, M.D., Director of Pediatric Neuro-oncology, she has much to look forward to.   In 2016, at the age of three, Kenda was diagnosed with a brain tumor. At the time, the family was living in Egypt.  […]

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Abby and Ella

Abby and Ella: A Sister Story

September 7, 2022

Having a family member with cancer is tough. There are so many questions and fears, it is difficult for adults to wrap their heads around. When Abby, then 8 years old, learned her older sister had cancer she was understandably confused and concerned. “In the beginning it was very hard for Abby to understand how […]

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Meet Addie

Hackensack Meridian Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital One of Only 12 U.S. Hospitals Offering PNOC Clinical Trial for Brain Cancer

July 1, 2022

A new clinical trial is being offered for children and young adults with recurrent or progressive high-grade glioma (HGG) at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. As a member of the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC), our hospital is participating in this groundbreaking PNOC trial studying the treatment of HGG, an aggressive, fast-growing type of brain […]

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Northern Trust

August 31, 2021

Tackle Kids Cancer was honored to once again be the official charity of the PGA TOUR Northern Trust. The tournament, the first in the FedEx Cup, was held August 19 to 22 at Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, NJ. While this year’s tournament had some delays because of Hurricane Henri, our Tackle Kids […]

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Kids Helping Kids: MVPs Addie and Declan Give Back

August 31, 2021

4-year-olds Addie and Declan were meant to tackle the world together. The first years of their lives were spent together learning, bonding and fighting cancer inside Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Today, both Addie and Declan are cancer survivors – and the best of friends. They are growing up with […]

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Hackensack Meridian Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Selected to Be Part of Elite Consortium

August 31, 2021

Recently, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center was selected to join the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC), the premiere research group for pediatric brain tumors. We are extremely proud to join other leading institutions – such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dana-Farber, Johns Hopkins and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital- […]

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Beads of Courage

August 31, 2021

Cancer can be an overwhelming experience for children. Providing a sense of control and accomplishment is important for young patients to stay positive and optimistic throughout their treatments. Beads of Courage, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and teens coping with serious illness, their families and the clinicians who […]

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Ivan’s Surprise Gift

August 31, 2021

In August, Tackle Kids Cancer joined forces with Michael Feeney’s Best Day Ever Foundation to set up a super special surprise for video game enthusiast Ivan, a 17-year-old brain tumor patient, to ensure he had the best day ever. Tackle Kids Cancer and Michael Feeney’s Best Day Ever Foundation came together to surprise Ivan with […]

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Finding Comfort in Giving

May 7, 2021

Toddler Emma Fares lost her battle with brain cancer, but her legacy will live on through her family’s generous commitment to support pediatric cancer research and innovation at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Children’s Cancer Institute.  In the two years that toddler Emma Fares was healthy, she had already accomplished what most set out to do […]

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Eli’s Halftime Report

May 4, 2021

The April 11th Knicks game had a special guest during halftime — none other than retired New York Giants quarterback and #TeamTKC Captain Eli Manning! Eli appeared on both the pre-game show and halftime report to speak with anchor Bill Pidto about Tackle Kids Cancer’s newest fundraising campaign Team TKC: Powered by Eli’s Challenge. The […]

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Penny’s Wish

May 3, 2021

When two-year-old Tackle Kids Cancer (TKC) MVP (most valiant patient) Penelope came to Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Children’s Cancer Institute last summer, team members were blown away by her energetic spirit and bright smile. She loved to sing and was happy to show off her dance moves to anyone who was willing to watch. Sadly, […]

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