November 7, 2019
On November 3, 2019, more than 30 runners competed in the TCS New York City Marathon and raised funds for Tackle Kids Cancer (TKC), a philanthropic initiative of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation that supports pediatric cancer research and programs. The Tackle Kids Cancer Running Team (#TeamTKC) raised more than $137,000.
TeamTKC was made up of local and international individuals, Hackensack Meridian Health team members, and corporate partner PGA Tour/THE NORTHER TRUST, which was represented by runner Scott Eichberger.
“Tackle Kids Cancer provides funding for clinical care, supportive services, and groundbreaking pediatric cancer research,” said Amy Glazer, executive director, Tackle Kids Cancer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “We are so proud of all of our TeamTKC runners who participated in the TCS New York City Marathon and raised funds to help our organization fulfill its mission of finding a cure for pediatric cancer.”
Other TeamTKC highlights included:
Runner Featured in #MovedMe Campaign
TeamTKC runner Matthew Rork, a Ramsey Police Officer, was featured by New York Road Runners (NYRR) and regional media station WABC as part of the “It Will Move You” campaign (#MovedMe). The campaign, now in its third year, shared the inspiring running journeys and personal stories of individuals and families who participated in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. Rork was among 26 individuals, families, and teams who were selected from the more than 52,000 runners who took part in the marathon.
Rork is connected to TeamTKC through a Hackensack University Medical Center Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital patient named Tommy Fitzpatrick, who died in February 2019 at age six after battling a brain tumor. Tommy’s friends and family have created a large community (#TommyStrong) that has helped to raise more than $100,000 in support of TKC’s mission — and Rork ran on TeamTKC to raise even more awareness and funds.
Employees Supporting Pediatric Cancer
Several Hackensack Meridian Health team members participated in this year’s TeamTKC, including:
- Teaneck resident, Thomas (Pat) Mahady, team captain who has run several races with TeamTKC
- Teaneck resident, Neena Arora, who also ran the TCS New York City Marathon with TeamTKC in 2018
- Ramsey resident, Vincent Lemba, who is also a volunteer at PGA Tour/THE NORTHERN TRUST
- Midland Park resident, Kyle Deboer, who ran with TeamTKC in 2018 and ran again this year with his wife, Courtney
- Hackensack resident, Themba Nyirenda, who ran with TeamTKC for the third time
- Township of Washington resident, Melissa Porco, her first marathon with TeamTKC