Becton Steps Up to Fight Childhood Cancer – The Cat’s Eye View

Every three minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death among children in America. For the past six years, Becton has participated in the Tomorrow’s Children Fund 5K to raise money and raise awareness for childhood cancer through our school community. Students, teachers and community members all came together for this great cause and did what they could to help. Ms. O’Driscoll, who “took the reins” in organizing this year’s race, says that “not only is this a great goal, but it’s also a great way for our students and athletes to be actively involved.” be and get moving!”

The Tomorrows Children’s Fund (TCF) is a non-profit organization headquartered at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. Founded in 1987 by a group of dedicated parents, the TCF was established to provide comfort, counseling and financial assistance to children affected by childhood cancer and other serious blood disorders. TCF also funds the medical care facilities that treat these children and the medical research needed to find a cure for childhood cancer. In addition to the services provided to current patients, the organization emphasizes helping children in remission from disease and their relatives through their cure and beyond¨ services. These services include lifelong monitoring of patients’ medical and mental health, financial assistance such as paying rent and mortgages, and treating any psychological consequences patients may feel after reintegrating into society. The TCF is doing wonders for the childhood cancer community and it is very important to support organizations like this to help others less fortunate than ourselves. For more information about the TCF organization, visit https://www.tcfkid.org/.

Students and Mrs. O’Driscoll from the “Becton Pack”

The TCF run/walk 5K was brought to Becton six years ago by Becton’s director, Dr. Sforza, and athletic director, Ms. Giancaspro. Since Becton’s entry into the TCF 5K began in 2015, the school has been able to raise more than $5,000 for charity. Raising money and raising awareness for the cause is especially important and personal to Dr. Sforza, as he sadly lost a niece to the disease in 2012.

Winners, Sanchez, Ms. O’Driscoll, Mr. Dorsey and Bajracharya celebrate their win with their medals!

This year’s race was held on September 26, 2021 at Saddle River County Park in Saddle Brook, New Jersey. About 56 people joined the ¨Becton Pack¨ team to run/walk in the 5K. Becton’s monetary goal this year was to raise $1000, and they surpassed that with flying colors! The school has raised exactly $2045 for the Tomorrows Children Fund, more than double their goal. Not only did Becton successfully raise a lot of money, but the school was also very successful in the race outcome, winning many awards. The ¨Becton Pack¨ team received the School Champion Award, awarded to the team with the most participants. The runners also had great individual success this year, with two first place prizes awarded to Mr Dorsey and Mr Settembrino for winning the race in their age groups. Three Runner-Up awards were presented to Ms O’Driscoll, Segall Sanchez and Samprit Bajracharya for finishing second and third in the race. Ms. Odriscoll was delighted with the results of the event and said: “It was great fun to see everyone involved!”

Mrs. O’Driscoll, Becton’s student event organizer, has been involved in planning the run at Becton since 2015.

The beautifully decorated ¨Becton Pack¨ table, filled with goodies for the runners!

but this was her first year running the event herself, “helping in every way possible”. Ms. O’Driscoll has done her best to ensure Becton’s involvement in the TCF 5K. This year, she put up a bulletin board outside the JW PAC to inform students about the event. She set up a donation website to collect donations for the Tomorrows Children Foundation when people were unable to attend the walk. She then gathered her Becton volleyball players and physical education students to strongly encourage them to get involved. When it was time for the race, Ms. O’Driscoll set up the “Becton Pack” tent, made t-shirts for the participants to wear, the runners bought Dunkin Donuts and bought purple, butterfly-shaped cookies for the attendees to fuel up. Ms O’Driscoll says: “It’s tedious work at times, but it’s worth watching Becton come together as the family I know we are.”

Becton has made a significant effort to raise awareness and money for the Tomorrows Children Fund and will continue to fight for a cure for childhood cancer. If you would like to support the TCF, please visit the link, https://www.tomorrowfund.org/support-us, and donate.

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