Gershow Recycling was honored at The Daniel Brooks Memorial Education Awards for Students with Cancer ceremony on July 29 for its ongoing involvement with “Can Tabs for Kids,” a program that raises money for the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer. Gershow Manager Jonathan Abrams represented the company at the event, which was held at the Charles Wang Center at Stony Brook University.
As part of the Can Tabs for Kids program, local schools, organizations and municipalities bring in aluminum tabs from soft drinks and pet food cans and place them in collection bins. Throughout the year, the bags are taken out of the bins and brought to Gershow, where the contents are weighed and recycled. Since Can Tabs for Kids has been established, more than $6,500 has been raised. All of the money raised went to the Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital, an organization that raises awareness and funds for specific projects to assist local families.
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.
The Daniel Brooks Memorial Education Awards are given each year to students who have graduated from the Pediatric Oncology program at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and are pursuing post-high school education or training. The award was established in memory of Daniel Brooks, a Port Jefferson resident who completed treatment for leukemia at Stony Brook University Medical Center. He went on to obtain a degree in Special Education then returned to the medical center, where he played a significant role in the development of the School Intervention and Re-Entry Program, which transitions children with cancer back to the classroom following treatment. Sadly, Mr. Brooks’ life was tragically cut short in a motor vehicle accident. Since its inception in 2003, one hundred six patients have received 287 awards totaling $218,000.