LONG BRANCH: September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month across the United States.
The Unterberg Children's Hospital @ Monmouth Medical Center held a presentation on Tuesday, September 8 with the "Make Some Noise!" program", a public gathering of medical practitioners, hospital workers, public officials and individuals who have experienced the disease itself. The goal is to eradicate childhood cancer.
"Make Some Noise!" focuses attention on childhood cancer, sounds a call to action, and sets a moment of silence to reflect on the suffering of individuals with the disease, and families and friends who feel in their hearts the tremendous loss.
Cancer survivor 17- year old Malcolm Sutherland-Foggio created the "Make Some Noise" concept. He spoke to the gathering at the MMC entrance. A cancer survivor in remission, Malcom described the effects of the disease, the thousands of children diagnosed each year, the need to continue the research, the success research has brought in overcoming the disease, and the need for research to continue.
The research is working, he said. He has carried his message to many across the State.
Clinical Director Susan Dulezak for The Valerie Fund Center for Blood and Cancer Disorders at Monmouth introduced Dr. Meg C. Fisher, Chair of Pediatrics at Unterberg who spoke of the hospital's work and the help it brings to persons with the disease, the effect on the families and friends, and the tireless work of the Unterberg team of staff.
A girl of thirteen shared her experience since diagnosis, her remission, the value of the Valerie Fund volunteers and others, and the difficulty in getting back into a social setting most people take for granted. She is succeeding with the aid of Valerie, family and true friends, she said.
Friend of the Valerie Fund, Carol Stillwell of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc. expressed the need to continue the work and support the research efforts.
She introduced Lt Governor Kim Guadagno, long a supporter of the research. Guadagno emphasized that her presence was for the State as well, and its support and encouragement. She added that "the government can't do everything" and asked all to continue to do their part.
The Lt. Governor thanked Malcolm for his excellent work in building awareness and spreading the message of hope. She reminded all that since his first diagnosis of his cancer at age 12 his positive outlook vitalizes the work of continuing the research and keeping the public awareness that the research is achieving positive results.
A "Tree of Hope" was positioned at the entrance setting dressed with symbols of individuals lost to the disease. A loud sounding of the dozen trumpets supplied for the occasion and resounding cheers of supporters helped "Make Some Noise."