On Thursday, the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center celebrated the High School graduation of 14 young men and women who all are patients or have been patients at the Children’s Cancer Institute at HackensackUMC.
Special guest for the celebration was NY Giants linebacker and fellow cancer survivor Mark Herzlich.
As a senior at Boston College In 2009, Herzlich announced that he had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Herzlich said he was told he would never play football again and that he may never even run again.
Herzlich missed the 2009 season but in 2010 he returned to the football field and won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award after starting all 13 games and finishing third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops.
Despite not being drafted to the NFL in 2011, Herzlich signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants and went on to win Super Bowl XLVI on February 5, 2012.
On Thursday, Mark Herzlich celebrated his seven-year anniversary of being diagnosed with cancer. Herzlich spoke to the graduates reminding them that they are the “real heroes” who have overcome so much to get to this point.
The ceremony also included Dr. Michael Harris, co-director, Children’s Cancer Institute; Mr. Michael Jordan, Superintendent Maywood School District; Mr. John Bivona, parent of a patient; Ms. Ellen Goldring, chief, Child Life; and a special 2016 Graduates Message from Mr. Joshua Randman, patient at the Children’s Cancer Institute.
Three of the graduates received scholarships from Mary’s Wings. Mary's Wings was created to honor the Memory of Mary Jingo-Fleming. Partnering with Tomorrows Children's Fund, Mary's Wings provides scholarships to patients who are currently on or who have completed treatment for cancer or serious blood disorders.
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