Holy Name Medical Center's "Walk For Mom" Draws Unprecedented Support, Raising Over $300,000
Monies to fund breast health program and free mammograms for Korean-American women
TEANECK, NJ - Led by dancers from Haesun Jung's Korean Traditional Dance School, more than 1,000 walkers navigated Overpeck Park's trail twice, covering about five kilometers, to raise a total of $306,250 for Holy Name Medical Center's Korean Medical Program (KMP) on May 22.
According to Kyung-Hee Choi, Director, Korean Medical Program, the 2010 Walk for Mom raised $180,000 in cash and $126,250 in products and service donations. Proceeds will go toward improving the Korean-American community's awareness of breast health, and promoting the importance of early detection and management of breast cancer. The funds allow the KMP to provide free mammograms, clinical exams and follow-up care to uninsured, low-income Korean-American women.
There were community leaders in attendance, including Joseph Parisi, Mayor of Englewood Cliffs and Vice Chairperson of the Holy Name Health Care Foundation; and Elizabeth Calabrese, Vice Chair of the Bergen County Board of Freeholders, who gave a moving testimonial of her personal experience with breast cancer and issued a congratulatory proclamation from the Board of Freeholders; as well as Holy Name's Sheryl Slonim, Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and CNO, and Jane Ellis, Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations.
Volunteer support from physicians and area schools
During the event, which was co-directed by Linda Lohsen, Director of Holy Name's Center for Healthy Living, and Eunice Kang of JK Communications USA, 22 physicians provided free consultation services to walk-a-thon participants under the leadership of Hee K. Yang, MD, Holy Name surgeon and the KMP's Medical Director. Thirty Holy Name staff members and 150 students volunteered, managing the day's logistics, from traffic control and registration to game and water station management. Fort Lee High School sent 60 students under the leadership of Barbara Pastore, the school's Community Service Coordinator; Demarest High School's Dianna Sopala, Mathematics Teacher and National Honor Society Advisor, brought 20 students; and Leonia High School's Carolyn Smyth sent 11 students. Dr. Yang's children, Jackie and Jason Yang, supported Jinyoung Park's emcee work.
In addition to the walk, there were games and prizes. A singing contest opened by Dr. Yang, drew young and old, as did an energetic dance competition that showcased the diverse talents of the Korean-American community.