Gershow Recycling's Can Tabs for Kids Program Raises $2,173 for Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook
Gershow Matches $1,086.50 Raised by Students in Fight against Childhood Cancer
Company Praises Students' Hard Work and Extra Effort
Pictured (left to right): Maria Marks, Jonathan Abrams and Dr. Robert Parker.
Pictured (left to right): Dr. Paul Casciano, Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy, New York State Assemblyman Dean Murray, Brookhaven Town Councilman/Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico, U.S. Congressman Lee Zeldin, Mastic Beach Village Mayor Maura Spery, Joshua Slaughter, Maria Marks, Keith Fasciana, Jonathan Abrams, Nancy Marks, Dr. Robert Parker, Peter Marks, and Sal Nicosia.
On June 5, Gershow Recycling announced it has pledged to match the $1,086.50 raised by students at William Floyd School District's elementary schools, Kreamer Street Elementary School in Bellport, Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue and Our Lady of Mercy Regional School in Cutchogue as part of "Can Tabs for Kids," a program designed to raise funds for the fight against childhood cancer. The money will go to benefit the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center, an organization that raises awareness and funds for specific projects to assist local families. Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams presented the check in the amount of $2,173 during a special assembly at William Floyd Elementary School.
As part of the Can Tabs for Kids program, students brought in aluminum tabs from soft drink and pet food cans that their parents purchased and placed them in collection bins located in their classrooms. Each week, the bags were taken out of the bins and brought to Gershow, where the contents were weighed and recycled. This year, Gershow received over 3 million tabs from the students, weighing a total of 2,173 pounds and worth $1,086.50.
The idea for the program was inspired by Maria Marks, a former 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.
The program has since expanded, with participating schools including Kreamer Street Elementary School in Bellport, John S. Hobart Elementary School, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, Holy Angels Regional School in Patchogue, and Our Lady of Mercy School in Cutchogue, as well as St. Jude Parish Outreach in Mastic Beach and Nassau County Girl Scout Troop #2029, Troop #2011 and Troop #2346. Can Tabs for Kids has also been brought to the Towns of Brookhaven, Smithtown and Islip.
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. Since the establishment of this program, more than $6,500 has been raised.
According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, cancer is the second-leading cause of death among children between the ages of 4 and 14; almost 2,000 children will die of cancer this year in the United States.
"Gershow Recycling is proud to have been part of Can Tabs for Kids," Mr. Abrams said. "The children surpassed all expectations in their participation in this wonderful program and providing support to their former classmate. We are also glad to have seen this program expand throughout the William Floyd School District, the Towns of Brookhaven, Smithtown and Islip and other schools and organizations as well."
"We would like to thank Gershow Recycling for their generous support," said Keith Fasciana, principal of William Floyd Elementary School. "I am also very proud of Maria Marks - who inspired us to start this program - the students who participated in this program and their families, for all their hard work and dedication in collecting over 3 million can tabs."