Attend an Event from the Comfort of Your Couch
On January 26, the Office of Gift Planning and Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation’s Philanthropic Planning Council, hosted Planning Opportunities & Pitfalls in Financial and Estate Planning for the New Year, the first of three virtual programs in their 3 to Cheer & 3 to Fear series, where they discussed extended benefits of the CARES Act, information on disability trusts, long-term care coverage and charitable gift planning in 2021. If you missed it, you can view the webinar here.
The second program, entitled Estate and Financial Planning Essentials in 2021, will take place on Tuesday, March 23.
Our events team is actively working on planning our 2021 network-wide events and celebrations. For a full listing of events, please click here.
Eli Manning Makes it Rain Frank’s Red Hot on David Dobrik for Tackle Kids Cancer
Team Tackle Kids Cancer captain Eli Manning and social media star David Dobrik joined forces with Frank’s Red Hot last month to raise funds for Tackle Kids Cancer in a super spicy way.
It all started with a tweet from Eli to David, challenging him to the big pour if the hashtag #FranksBigPour garnered 100,000 tweets. David agreed to the Frank’s Red Hot sauce bath and generously suggested they donate $100,000 to charity for the 100,000 tweets. It was game on. In less than a week, Eli, David and Frank’s Red Hot were able to hit more than 100,000 tweets with #FranksBigPour.
The big pour took place earlier this month, with Eli pouring 100 gallons of Frank’s Red Hot sauce onto David’s head with the press of a button – all done virtually and live on Frank’s Red Hot’s Twitter feed. The result? David covered head to toe in Frank’s Red Hot and $100,000 donated to Tackle Kids Cancer.
Funds donated will benefit critical pediatric cancer research and patient care programs at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.
A big thank you to Eli, David and Frank’s Red Hot for choosing Tackle Kids Cancer and thinking of us. With red hot support like this, we know that we can make the greatest difference in the lives of our patients and their families!
A Father’s Care Inspires Legacy of Family Giving and Health Care Heroes
When former Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation board trustee Jack Schecter was diagnosed with rare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June 2006, he and his family did not realize what a profound impact his care would have on his family’s future.
After receiving treatment and care from Andre Goy, M.D., physician-in-chief, Oncology Care Transformation Service and chairman and Lymphoma division chief at John Theurer Cancer Center, Jack and Elyssa, Jack’s wife, knew they were in the best hands possible. Not only had they heard wonderful patient stories about Dr. Goy, but he even shared that he wrote a whole chapter on this rare non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a textbook! During his treatment, Jack and Dr. Goy also became friendly. They talked about cancer research and the future of cancer care.
While Jack was in treatment, Elyssa and Jack’s children saw the importance of giving back. Together, they formed Research for the Cure Foundation, an organization that raised funds for cancer research. They supported Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation through numerous donations and the purchase of important equipment, like freezers, microscopes and special computers for cancer research.
Elyssa credits Dr. Goy and Jack’s nurses at Hackensack University Medical Center with Jack’s extra six years on earth. She knew that the 24/7 nurturing care and comfort that he was provided made all the difference. Elyssa was able to sleep peacefully at night knowing that Jack was in good hands. The inpatient nurses also became extended family members, acting as role models for their children.
Today, Elyssa and Jack’s children – Andrew, Jeffrey and Alexa – all understand the importance of giving back and making a difference in the lives of those in need. The care their father received has especially inspired Jeffrey and Alexa. Jeffrey is a system safety manager in Environmental Health and Safety at Montefiore Health System and an executive MHA candidate at Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.
After volunteering with the Child Life team at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware, Alexa decided to become a nurse. Jack always shared that his nurses were important in getting him through his inpatient treatment. She is currently enrolled in a rigorous, accelerated nursing program at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing.
Upon Jack’s passing, Elyssa was asked to join the board of trustees at Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. With her family, she has donated more than $600,000 to John Theurer Cancer Center for critical equipment and cancer research. She has also co-chaired the annual John Theurer Cancer Center Fashion Show at The Shops at Riverside.
Although Jack is missed tremendously by his colleagues, friends and family, his legacy will forever live on through his family’s commitment to cancer research and the impact his children will have on those they help and care for.
Community Car Dealership with a Legacy of Giving Back
Like businesses across the state and country, World Subaru in Tinton Falls experienced significant business disruption during the pandemic. However, the dealership has a belief system deeply rooted in philanthropy, and despite their own hardships, decided to show their support for health care heroes and their community through a charitable gift.
World Subaru is known for giving back. Throughout the years, the dealership has supported many charitable causes in their local communities. With COVID-19 bringing health care to the forefront of everyone’s minds, they were inspired to give to the Emergency Department expansion project at Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center to ensure that our health care team has the facility and tools needed to provide the best health care services possible to the community.
When complete, the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center will see approximately 55,000 people annually, a point not lost on the dealership’s executive manager. His understanding of the immediate need for world-class health care in his community gave him the confidence to recommend this $50,000 gift to the Emergency Department.
Donations such as the one by World Subaru, which was the first major gift to the medical center in 2021, are critical in helping community hospitals like Bayshore Medical Center secure the state-of-the art technology and resources needed to provide the best care for the community, and we are so thankful for their generosity.
Endodontist Helps Community and Residents with One Meaningful Gift from the Heart
When passionate physicians and educators give back, it can make a world of difference. Patricia Tordik, DMD, is one of the many charitable caregivers that Hackensack Meridian Health is fortunate to have on staff and in our hearts.
Dr. Tordik, a highly successful, well published Naval officer is an attending endodontist at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as well as the department chairperson for the division of Endodontics at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.
Her passion for education and helping others compelled her to gift a Global A Series Dental Microscope to the General Practice Dental Residency Program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center for use by attending dentists and general practice residents at the Jane H. Booker Family Health Center’s Dental Clinic. This state-of-the-art microscope, primarily used for difficult root canals and other oral surgical procedures, has tremendous magnification capabilities and adds to the dental team’s arsenal of tools. In addition to her generous gift, Dr. Tordik arranged for Global Surgical Corporation, the microscope’s maker, to provide tutorials to residents on the use and capabilities of the equipment.
In addition to her tremendous everyday responsibilities, Dr. Tordik goes above and beyond, volunteering her time to the residency program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, supporting the community and residents in the dental clinic. The dental program is one of the few charity care programs in the region, providing comprehensive dental care to patients who qualify and need services.
The Jane H. Booker Family Health Center’s Dental Clinic, which provides free health screenings and charitable comprehensive dental care to patients in need, sees more than 4,100 patients annually. It is one of the few hospital-based dental programs in the region, offering a full range of preventative maintenance services and acute dental care.
We are truly fortunate for Dr. Tordik’s beneficence and expertise. Her generosity is for no other reason than to help her community and the resident doctors she most admirably teaches.