Newswise — August 18, 2014 – Neptune, NJ – On Thursday, August 21, Meridian Health and Neptune Township Mayor Michael Brantley will join a national movement called “The Baton Pass™” to help raise funds for innovative cancer research and spread a message of hope. The event will take place at Meridian Health’s Jersey Shore University Medical Center and will feature a performance by the Struck Boyz, a hip hop dance crew made up of boys aged 8-11 who recently performed on America’s Got Talent. Sandra Doyle Ferullo, a cancer survivor from Farmingdale, NJ, will also talk about how she benefitted from novel treatments thanks to advanced cancer research.
The Baton Pass was launched on Good Morning America on March 19 by Siemens, one of the world’s leading engineers of imaging, laboratory diagnostics and healthcare IT solutions, to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C). SU2C is a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and supports pioneering cancer research designed to get new therapies to patients quickly. With each pass of the Baton, either physically or virtually through www.facebook.com/TheBatonPass, Siemens will donate one dollar to Stand Up To Cancer, up to one million dollars, through September 5, 2014. The Baton Pass is a grassroots effort to raise money and spread a message of hope and unity across the country. The Baton has traveled thousands of miles across the U.S. and Canada and has been passed more than 900,000 times. The campaign is less than 100,000 passes from the goal of one million.
Members of the media are invited to attend a program at 2:00 p.m. featuring remarks from physicians and researchers from Meridian Health as well as executives from Siemens and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). In addition to the Struck Boyz and the Mayor’s proclamation, cancer survivor Sandra Doyle Ferullo will share her story and Spider-Man will make a special appearance to begin passing the Baton to the crowd gathered in the Kurr Atrium.
WHO: Timothy J. Hogan, FACHE, Regional Hospital President,Monmouth County, Meridian HealthDenise Johnson Miller, M.D., Medical Director, Breast Surgery, Jersey Shore University Medical CenterDr. Michael Brantley, Neptune Township MayorPat Morin, PhD, Director, Scientific Review and Grants Administration Tim Cosgrave, Vice President, Office of the Customer, Siemens HealthcareSandra Doyle Ferullo, Local Cancer SurvivorStruck Boyz Hip Hop Dance CrewSpider-Man
WHAT: The Baton Pass & Struck Boyz Performance at Meridian Health
WHEN: Thursday, August 21 Program begins at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jersey Shore University Medical CenterKurr Atrium1945 Route 33Neptune, NJ 07753
BACKGROUND: The Baton Pass, benefiting Stand Up To Cancer, is a grassroots fundraising campaign designed to raise funds for cancer research at a time when they are critically needed. A symbol of the hope we share that each of those diagnosed with cancer will survive, the Siemens/SU2C Baton kicked off its journey in New York’s Times Square in March and will continue to travel across the country from person to person highlighting the need for increased funding for cancer research through September 5, 2014. The Baton can also be passed online to friends and family. Siemens is donating $1 to Stand Up To Cancer for every real or virtual pass of the Baton, up to $1 million. It has already reached over 500,000 passes. Details about virtual passes can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheBatonPass. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SiemensHealth
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About SiemensSiemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy, healthcare, and infrastructure & cities sectors. Siemens in the USA employs approximately 52,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, healthcare information technology and hearing aids. Siemens has long believed that imaging technology plays a key role in advancing cancer research. We have seen firsthand the power of an early and accurate diagnosis. Our diagnostic technologies have made it possible to detect cancer in some of its earliest and most treatable stages, sometimes before a patient even experiences symptoms.
About Meridian HealthMeridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For”, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.
About Stand Up To CancerStand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.