July 3, 2018

Tackle Kids Cancer Receives Generous Donation from Immaculate Heart Academy Softball Team

On behalf of the Immaculate Heart Academy’s softball team, 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.

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

The Anthony LaRezza Softball Invitational was a huge success.
You can further help support Anthony LaRezza by donating to Tackle Kids Cancer here .

It is a wonderful opportunity raise awareness for pediatric cancer, which LaRezza helped fight.

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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.