Oceanside, NY, August 14, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- "Walking is man's best medicine," said ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, who is regarded as the father of medicine.
South Nassau Communities Hospital staff and physicians, local civic and business leaders, and elected officials agree with the historic Greek physician as they gathered to officially kickoff registration and a fund raising drive for the hospital's new 5K Walk for Cancer Care & Health Fair. Supported by Hewlett House and the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, the event will be held on Sunday, September 25th, with the walk in the peaceful and pleasant neighborhood surrounding the hospital from 9 -10AM and the free Health Fair from 10AM – 3PM outside and in the hospital's Conference Center.
Park Avenue Extended Care in Long Beach is the naming sponsor of the 5K Walk for Cancer Care & Health Fair, while Lynbrook Restorative Therapy & Nursing is serving as this year's entertainment sponsor. All funds raised through the walk and the health fair will support South Nassau's Gertrude & Louis Feil Cancer Center.
Each walker this year is being asked to raise at least $100 via the Crowdrise website by finding five sponsors to pledge at $20 each. Fundraising activities via Crowdrise are already underway. High school and college students can fulfill public service requirements by participating in the walk and fundraising efforts.
"Cancer is a disease that touches so many families," said Dr. Rajiv Datta, Chairman of South Nassau's Department of Surgery. "Our cancer specialists at South Nassau take a team approach to treating the disease and we have some of the finest cancer experts on Long Island. We're grateful for the community's support."
All funds raised at the 5K Walk for the Cancer Center will go directly toward assisting patients and families impacted by the disease.
The Health Fair after the walk will feature fun activities for the whole family. Free flu shots will be provided at the Health Fair to adults only, 18 years old or above on a first-come, first serve basis while supplies last. Raffle tickets to be entered in drawings for a variety of bountiful gift baskets will be given free to all residents who visit the health fair's health and wellness displays set up by departments of the hospital or take advantage of free health screenings for prostate cancer and cardiac risk factors including cholesterol, Body Mass Index (BMI) and blood pressure.
From start to finish during the 5K walk and health fair, South Nassau's main parking lot will be host to live entertainment featuring local talent sponsored by the School of Rock in Rockville, marital arts demonstrations by Shaolin Self-Defense Centre in Oceanside, an array of fun and challenging carnival games and food vendors offering delectable foods and refreshments.
There is no fee for parking or admission. For more information, call 516-377-5370.
Designated a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), South Nassau® Communities Hospital is one of the region's largest hospitals, with 455 beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,500 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac, oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency and elective angioplasty, and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and Gamma Knife® radiosurgery technologies. A Level II Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons, South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons, and is an accredited center of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Association and Quality Improvement Program. In addition, the hospital has been awarded the Joint Commission's gold seal of approval as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care; and disease-specific care for hip and joint replacement, wound care and end-stage renal disease.