Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine Raise $60,000 in 3rd Annual Take a Walk in Our Genes Event

June 17, 2019

Hélio Pedro, M.D., chief of the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine, stood alongside Team Diego at the recent Take a Walk in Our Genes event in Ridgefield Park. The event raised $60,000 to benefit patients and families under the care of the Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine.

Sunday, June 9 marked the 3rd Annual Take a Walk in Our Genes event hosted by the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the Hackensack Meridian Health Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine. More than 300 people were in attendance and $60,000 was raised to benefit the patients and families under the care of the Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine.

“The funds raised through this event are critical,” explained Hélio Pedro, M.D., chief of the Center for Genetic and Genomic Medicine. “The money allows our patients to pay for care in situations where they are experiencing financial or insurance limitations. By providing them with financial assistance, we prevent any interruption in their treatments and counseling. All the funds from this event go directly to help the patients and their families.”

In past years, the event has benefitted many individuals, including a young woman with Mitochondrial Complex Deficiency whose medication is not covered by insurance, and a young man with Cobalamin C Deficiency whose medication bills are supported through these funds.

“We had a fabulous turnout and a very enthusiastic crowd of families, staff, and community supporters at Sunday’s walk and fundraising event,” said Judy Aschner, M.D., chair of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. “It shows that our community really understands the importance of ensuring that all of our patients in need of genetic services can receive the best, most appropriate care. We are extremely grateful to those who took part in the event, either by walking with us, volunteering, raising and donating money, or a combination of them all.”

Donations are still being accepted for this year’s Take a Walk in Our Genes fundraiser. Anyone wishing to donate to the cause can do so by clicking here.