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Northwell Health Raises More Than $760,000 for Cancer Research Through Relay for Life Events


Northwell Health partnered with the American Cancer Society and several Suffolk County high schools to support 10 Relay for Life events which combined to raise more than $760,000 for cancer research.

Northwell Health sponsored Relay for Life events at Commack High School, Port Jefferson High School, Smithtown High School West, Northport High School, Huntington High School, North Shore High School, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, West Islip High School, North Babylon High School and Jean W. Cochran Park in Peconic. Northwell Health Cancer Institute and imaging services personnel were on hand to commemorate each event and provide information to participants. Staff from Huntington Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital, Plainview Hospital, Syosset Hospital, Southside Hospital and Peconic Bay Medical Center also participated.

Huntington Hospital sponsored the survivor's dinner affiliated with the Huntington and Northport high school events. Michael Dannenberg, MD, director of dermatology, and Heather Zinkin, MD, a radiation oncologist at the hospital, spoke during the dinners. Huntington Hospital Executive Director Gerard Brogan, Jr., MD, and Southside Hospital Executive Director Donna Moravick, NP, were on hand for Huntington and West Islip events respectively.

"Northwell Health cares for the greatest number of cancer patients in the New York metropolitan area and as such has committed to do whatever we can to help raise money for cancer research as well as working to find a cure," said Valerie Burger, RN, assistant vice president of cancer services for Northwell Health's eastern region. "We appreciate the great turnout at these events with a total of more than 3,400 walkers and we look forward to continuing this partnership with our local high schools and the American Cancer Society next year."

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and about 3,900 physicians, including more than 2,800 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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