Under sunny skies and with more than 600 enthusiastic participants, the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation recently held the 6th Annual Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run, in Saddle River.
The 5K event, which each year honors the life and memory of Susan Zabransky Hughes, raises funds to benefit patients and programs affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. Susan, who was a resident of Saddle River, lost her battle with cervical cancer in July 2011 at the age of 46.
“This event is such an amazing tribute to my daughter, for which she is remembered for her devotion, passion and compassion,” said Susan Zabransky, mother of Susan Zabransky Hughes. “I’d like to thank the Run for Sue Committee and the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation for their efforts in putting together yet another spectacular and very meaningful event.”
“This event is a special part of Sue’s legacy,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. “It brings together a generous community in a way that benefits many. Since its inception, including gifts from the Hughes and Zabransky families, the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial Run has raised more than $2 million.”
The day began with a USATF certified 5K family run/walk sponsored by the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the Run for Sue Committee. Susan’s family, led by her parents, Susan and Bill Zabransky, along with many friends, established the Committee. Dedicated donors have helped to complete Susan’s Suite, a 10-bed unit for patients with cancer and diseases of the immune system, treated in the Emergency and Trauma Center at Hackensack University Medical Center.
The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the Run for Sue Committee continue to fund an endowed memorial scholarship, which helps to support the education of a promising medical student at the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
Funding also continues for two weeks of camp at Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah for patients treated at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. The equine therapy program offers pediatric patients and related families opportunities to engage in activities related to horses and the farm.
Photo: The Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation recently held the 6th Annual Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run, in Saddle River. From left to right: Bill and Susan Zabransky, parents of Susan Zabransky Hughes and Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-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 one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. 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 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 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 fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer 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