June 15, 2021
Tackle Kids Cancer, the philanthropic initiative of Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation which benefits Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health Children’s Cancer Institute at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, is proud to announce that it has raised nearly $80,000 in its first ever virtual race and fundraising challenge, powered by Eli’s Challenge.
In April, TeamTKC Captain Eli Manning, former New York Giants quarterback, launched the virtual race, which took place during the weekend of May 21 to 23. Manning pledged a matching gift up to $100,000 for all of 2021, ensuring that community support will have double the impact. The May event marked the first signature month of his match, followed by Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September.
The inception of Eli’s Challenge in 2015 has energized the Tackle Kids Cancer community and continues to motivate hundreds of groups to join the fight against pediatric cancer while funding education, research and discovery in the search for a cure against the life-threatening disease.
Funds raised by Tackle Kids Cancer support patient care programs at the Children’s Hospitals as well as clinical trials and translational research at Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), located in Nutley, NJ. The CDI is home to two important labs funded by the initiative that investigates new immunotherapy treatments for pediatric cancer and meets the clinical and research needs of children with rare central nervous system (CNS) tumors.