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All it takes is one person to make a difference! Witnessing this in Relay for Life, a global fundraising event by American Cancer Society, leaves no doubt that change occurs through persistent efforts

May 1985 saw a determined Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walk and run for 24 hours around a track in Tacoma, Washington. He was raising money to help the American Cancer Society with the nation’s biggest health concern: Cancer

Gordy spent a grueling 24 hours circling the track at the University of Puget Sound. Friends, family, and patients watched and supported him as he ran more than 83.6 miles raising $27,000 through pledges to help save lives from cancer.

As he circled the track, he thought of how he could get others to take part. He envisioned having teams participate in a 24-hour fundraising event. The next year, 19 teams were part of the first Relay for Life event at the historical Stadium Bowl and raised $33,000.

Gordy had been battling stomach cancer and sadly passed away from heart failure on August 3, 2014 at the age of 71. But his legacy has been an eternal flame which has shaped an idea for a global fundraising phenomenon.

“SOHA” has been giving its share to keep this flame burning. The team has been participating in Relay for Life of Cumberland for many years now. Celebrating the fight by our patients and their caregivers, as well as to remember those who could not make it!

Southern Oncology Hematology Associates is a proud sponsor of Survivor’s Dinner at Relay for Life of Cumberland NJ for several years!  This gives us an opportunity to thank our patients as well as caregivers for trusting SOHA in fighting their battle with them!

It is heartwarming to see how much our patients, caregivers and the families appreciate our work when we meet them outside our clinic environment!

Dr. Omar Al Ustwani and Dr. Shailja Roy were designated as “Healthcare Champion Honoree” respectively in the Relay for 2018 and 2019.

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