October 10, 2011
Gershow Recycling Helps Kick Off
"Can Tabs for Kids" Program
Program Expands into Other School Districts,
Helping in the Fight against Childhood Cancer
Pictured (left to right): Dr. Paul Casciano, Keith Fasciana, Nancy Marks, Christina Sarafin, Joseph Petry, Maria Marks, Jonathan Abrams, NYS Senator Lee Zeldin, and Dr. Robert Parker.
Gershow Recycling announced its support for Can Tabs for Kids, a program designed to raise funds for the fight against childhood cancer. The money raised will benefit the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center, an organization that raises awareness and funds for specific projects to assist families. Employees from Gershow attended the kickoff event at Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue on September 30 and at William Floyd Elementary School on October 7.
Gershow has pledged to purchase the can tabs and match the funds raised through Can Tabs for Kids. As part of this program, students at participating schools will bring in aluminum tabs from soft drink and pet food cans that their parents purchased and place them in collection bins located in their classrooms. The bags are taken out of the bins and brought to Gershow, where the contents will be weighed and recycled. The tabs will be collected throughout the school year, and a special assembly will be held to announce the worth of the collected tabs. Gershow will match that amount with a special donation to the Sunrise Fund, up to $5,000.
The idea for the program was inspired by Maria Marks, a William Floyd Elementary School student who was diagnosed with cancer at a young age. Between the ages of two weeks and six months, she underwent numerous chemotherapy sessions. The constant exposure to the radiation resulted in Maria losing her hearing in both ears and now she must wear hearing aids. Her cancer has since been in remission.
Maria Marks (in front of bags of can tabs) is joined by her classmates at the Can Tabs for Kids assembly on October 7 at William Floyd Elementary School. Pictured in the background (left to right): NYS Senator Lee Zeldin, Nancy Marks, Dr. Robert Parker, Jonathan Abrams, Keith Fasciana, Dr. Paul Casciano, Christina Sarafin, and Joseph Petry.
The program began at Maria's school on February 4. Since the program began, it has expanded to other school districts as well, including the Half Hollow Hills School District, Patchogue-Medford Schools and the William Floyd School District. To date, more than 750,000 aluminum tabs have been collected. Gershow matched the amount of $253 raised by the William Floyd students during the 2010-2011 school year and made an additional donation of $1,000 on top of the match.
The Sunrise Fund was established to raise awareness about childhood cancer and the special needs of such children throughout local communities. The money used by The Sunrise Fund sustains cutting-edge research and family programs such as support groups, a School Re-Entry Program and many others.