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Konica Minolta Again Joins the Fight against Childhood Cancer

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Ramsey, NJ, Aug. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta) today announced they will again support Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative on behalf of the Children's Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. As with last year, Konica Minolta is partnering with THE NORTHERN TRUST tournament, which kicks off the PGA TOUR's FedEx Cup Playoffs, in supporting the Tackle Kids Cancer program.

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Left to Right: Helen A. Cunning, President & Chief Development Officer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation; Hackensack Meridian Health; Nancy Durning, APN, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program, Children's Cancer Institute, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital; Alfred P. Gillio, M.D., director of the Children's Cancer Institute, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital; Rick Taylor, president and CEO, Konica Minolta; and Derek Hanson, M.D., program head of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology at the Children's Cancer Institute, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital.



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The 2018 Birdies to Benefit program invites fans and supporters to pledge a donation for every birdie (one stroke under par for the hole) achieved during THE NORTHERN TRUST by the top 125 players on the PGA TOUR. With an estimated 1,200 birdies expected over the course of the event, Konica Minolta is pledging up to $12,000 in matching contributions, aiming for a grand total of $24,000 to help raise awareness and needed funds for Tackle Kids Cancer. Konica Minolta is also awarding a special pin flag, signed by last year's THE NORTHERN TRUST champion, Dustin Johnson, to the highest individual donor on their pledge page. To participate, fans may donate through PledgeIt via the following link:http://www.pledgeit.org/km

In 2017, Konica Minolta, partner of THE NORTHERN TRUST tournament and the Official Printers of the PGA TOUR, participated in the Birdies to Benefit program and challenged their employees, customers, sales channels and social networks to pledge a donation for every birdie made and agreed to match up to $10,000 in contributions.  The program was able to reach its goal of $10,000 in pledges and, with Konica Minolta's match, raised $20,000 in total for Tackle Kids Cancer by the conclusion of the tournament. 

"We're very proud to once again support this program and work with Tackle Kids Cancer and the Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center," said Rick Taylor, president and CEO of Konica Minolta. "Visiting the Children's Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital today was a very moving experience. I was truly impressed by the important work being conducted by this organization in the pursuit of their mission." Taylor added.

Donations made to Tackle Kids Cancer support pediatric cancer research and innovative patient services at the Children's Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center. To date, Tackle Kids Cancer has raised more than $5 million in donations. 

"I want to thank our partners at Konica Minolta for supporting the important initiatives of the Children's Cancer Institute," said Helen A. Cunning, north regional president, Foundation chief development officer at Hackensack Meridian Health. "We are grateful for their generosity and compassionate action in service of others."

The 2018 NORTHERN TRUST Tournament will take place at The Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, New Jersey, August 21 – 26.

About Tackle Kids Cancer

Tackle Kids Cancer is a philanthropic initiative of the Children's Cancer Institute at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.  Funds raised support pediatric cancer research and innovative patient services. 

Pediatric cancer is the number one cause of death by disease in children. The Children's Cancer Institute is the only center conducting bone marrow transplants and the only site for the new immunotherapy CAR-T treatment in New Jersey. The Children's Cancer Institute provides a growing research program, including pioneering work in neuro-oncology, and is home to Cure and Beyond, a pediatric cancer survivorship program, providing services and medical support for pediatric cancer survivors. 

Community supporters and corporate partners are dedicated to supporting the essential work toward a cure for pediatric cancer. To date, Tackle Kids Cancer has raised more than $5 million to support its mission. For additional information, please visit TackleKidsCancer.org 

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children's hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick. 

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." The network was also named to Becker's Healthcare's "150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018" list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of 60 students from a pool of more than 2,100 applicants in 2018 to the On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hackensack Meridian Health formed a partnership that brings together two world-class organizations with deep New Jersey roots and a single goal: Finding more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. To achieve this goal, the new Memorial Sloan Kettering-Hackensack Meridian Health partnership will combine both organizations' unparalleled expertise in all areas of cancer care and research as well as their commitment to excellence, to accelerate new discoveries and improve the lives of patients they jointly serve while training a new generation of leaders in the field.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.

About Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is reshaping and revolutionizing the Workplace of the Future™ (www.reshapework.com) with its expansive smart office product portfolio from IT Services (All Covered), ECM, Managed Print Services and industrial and commercial print solutions. Konica Minolta has been recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys for 11 consecutive years, and is proud to be ranked on the Forbes 2017 America's Best Employers list. The World Technology Awards recently named the company a finalist in the IT Software category. Konica Minolta, Inc. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for six consecutive years. It partners with its clients to give shape to ideas and work to bring value to our society. For more information, please visit: www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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