New York Jets Fight Pediatric Cancer and Heart Disease for the Win
The New York Jets rolled out an impressive 2021 game plan to support patients at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute in their ongoing partnership to help fight cancer and heart disease in children and adults. From raffles and golf outings to memorable patient visits, the Jets franchise continues to improve the lives of patients and their families and make a remarkable impact on the advancement of treatments and programs at Morristown Medical Center.
The NFL and American Cancer Society’s “Crucial Catch: Intercept Cancer” campaign, which includes a week of memorable events, kicked off with Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams conducting a virtual visit with Goryeb Children’s Hospital patients on September 28. Patients also received free Jets gear and autographed items.
During the main event – the Jets vs. Titans game – on October 3, more than $27,000 in proceeds from the ‘Crucial Catch 50/50’ raffle along with an NFL Crucial Catch grant for $20,000 through the New York Jets Foundation benefited Goryeb Children’s Hospital. Additionally, Hannah Cerullo and Jack Jacinto, former Goryeb Children’s Hospital patients, served as honorary captains for the game. They also received custom Jets jerseys, a shopping spree at the Jets shop and watched the game with their families from the vantage point of a suite. Ethan Geller, the third honorary captain, could not attend the game, but thanks to the VGo* robot at Goryeb Children’s Hospital, he experienced the game remotely.
An impressive display of teamwork was also seen the next day – off-field – when the New York Jets Foundation committed $60,000 to support Goryeb Children’s Hospital from its annual Charity Golf Classic, held on October 4, at the Morris County Golf Club.
Later in the season, a 50/50 raffle during the Jets vs. Eagles game on December 5, raised $22,325 to benefit Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute. Quarterback Zach Wilson also sported cleats during the pre-game as a part of the My Cause My Cleats campaign, which highlighted his commitment to Atlantic Health System’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital. The campaign – a national NFL initiative – allows players to raise money for thier select charity by auctioning off their cleats through the official NFL website. Auction proceeds will benefit Goryeb Children’s Hospital.
*VGo robot technology allows children with immune deficiencies, extended illnesses and other physical challenges to participate virtually in social experiences and classroom settings.