A Cross-Country Journey to Tackle Kids Cancer

July 14, 2022

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Standing up to a cancer diagnosis and finding strength throughout treatment is no small feat. Joshua “Josh” Randman, however, courageously stood up to cancer and found strength in making a difference for others. Josh, guided by his caring heart, dedicated his efforts to spreading awareness and raising money for Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative of Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation that raises critical funds for pediatric cancer and patient programs.

Josh’s advocacy for Tackle Kids Cancer was incredible, and he did so much before losing his three-year battle with cancer. Inspired by the impact Josh made on him and others, 22-year-old Ian Randman, his cousin, was determined to honor his memory and continue his legacy by fundraising for Tackle Kids Cancer.

To do so, Ian has established the “Bike for Josh” fundraiser, which is not just your traditional bike ride. It is a 6,200 mile, cross country trek! The astonishing route begins in Key West, FL, the southernmost point in the continental United States, and ends in Prudhoe Bay, AK, the northernmost point in North America accessible by road. All funds raised by Ian will go to Tackle Kids Cancer in support of Hackensack Meridian Children's Health at The Children's Cancer Institute, where Josh was treated. 

“When Ian first told us that he wanted to dedicate his ride in Josh’s memory, I just melted,” says Elyssa Randman, Josh’s mother.“When he told us he set up a whole website and fundraising page for Tackle Kids Cancer, well, we were just speechless. I think Josh would be very proud to know that his cousin continues to support an organization that meant so much to him.” 

“Josh was an incredible young man, who inspired many,” says Eli Manning, TeamTKC Captain.  While battling cancer, he still wanted to help others and was a great advocate for Tackle Kids Cancer. It is great to see Ian honor his cousin with this monumental bike ride and continue the work he started. Let’s go, Ian! Thank you for all you are doing.”

As we approach the important month of September - Pediatric Cancer Awareness month - we applaud Ian, who has made it nearly halfway on his route and has raised more than $2,500 in his cousin’s memory. Thank you, Ian, for inspiring us on your journey and bringing in crucial funds that will support others, just like Josh did. We will be cheering you on the entire way! 

 

Next Steps & Resources:

  • To learn more about how you can support Tackle Kids Cancer, please contact Amy Glazer, executive director, Children’s Health, at amy.glazer@hmhn.org.
  • The support of our donors means the world to us. Thank you for all that you do in support of our patients and team members - today and every day. MAKE A GIFT to support Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation.
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