ELI MANNING RECEIVES GRANT FOR HACKENSACK UMC
BY MATT COHEN
“If it’s helping children, then I’m on board.”
That was Eli Manning speaking to CNBC’s Kelly Evans during Wednesday’s broadcast of Closing Bell. The Giants quarterback made several media appearances during the New York Sohn Investment Conference, where he was honored by the Sohn Conference Foundation in support of the Cure and Beyond Program at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Manning has helped spearhead the Tackle Kids Cancer program at HackensackUMC, a groundbreaking initiative that supports pediatric cancer research, clinical care and support services at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
“I think of my childhood,” Manning said during his speech at the Sohn Investment Conference. “All I remember is going to school, playing sports and laughing with my friends. That is what being a kid is all about. It is fun and easy, and these kids do not deserve to go through these struggles and discomforts."
Manning’s appearance Wednesday was not simply to receive recognition for his off-the field work. It was largely to announce a $500,000 grant from the Sohn Conference Foundation, which will form the Sohn-Manning Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Program to benefit Cure and Beyond at HackensackUMC. The grant will be used to address long-term health, emotional and social issues specific to pediatric cancer survivors.
“Just because these kids have survived their cancer, it does not mean that their journey is over,” Manning said. “There are many more hurdles to jump, and this program will help them down that road.”
Manning’s community service goes well beyond his work with Tackle Kids Cancer. He’s served as the Chair of the New York March for Babies the past seven years, helping to raise $25 million. In 2007, Eli and his wife Abby founded the Eli and Abby Manning Children's Clinics in Mississippi. They also created the University of Mississippi Medical Center Manning Family Fund, which received close to $1.5 million in its first year in 2015.
For all of his efforts in the community, Manning was one of three finalists earlier this year for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
“These kids inspire me to live life to the fullest and never complain about the things that are out of my control,” Manning said. “They are the real role models.”
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