New York Giants Linebacker Mark Herzlich to Speak at HackensackUMC Mountainside

February 3, 2015 04:05 PM

Mark Herzlich, a Super Bowl winning linebacker with the New York Giants and a cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Virginia Harkness Sawtelle Lecture, to be held at the HackensackUMC Mountainside hospital auditorium, One Bay Avenue, Montclair, NJ, on Monday, February 16, 2015 at 12 noon. Community members are invited to attend this remarkable presentation. Mark is the author of "What it Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game", his personal story of overcoming overwhelming odds to survive Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and to emerge as a champion professional football player. Mark will speak about his football career as well as his important outreach and advocacy work on behalf cancer patients.  Admission is free and guests are asked to reserve a seat by contacting Dr. Jose Barba at (973) 429-6096. The first 80 guests will receive a free copy of Mark's book.

Mark Herzlich played football for Boston College and was a first team All-American and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Butkus Award and a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy. Mark missed the entire 2009 college season after he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare and devastating form of bone cancer. Doctors put his odds of survival as low as fifteen percent—and few thought he would be able to run, much less play football, again. Mark learned of a radical alternative treatment that would give him the best chance to regain his strength and, perhaps, his career. He had a choice to make, one that might return him to the game he loved, but one that came with risks to his life. With grit and perseverance, he overcame the disease and earned numerous honors for his courage, including Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award, Nil's V. "Swede" Nelson Award, an honorary Lott Trophy and the ACC Commissioner's Cup. In 2010, Mark returned to the football field and won the Rudy Award and ACC's Brian Piccolo Award. In 2011, he received the "Most Courageous Athlete" award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.

Mark is currently a linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was a member of the 2011 championship team that won the National Football Conference title and defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLVI. Mark renewed his contract with the Giants in 2014.

For more information about Mark Herzlich's presentation, contact:

Dr. Jose Barba
Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, HackensackUMC Mountainside
(973) 429-6096

About HackensackUMC Mountainside
HackensackUMC Mountainside has been serving Montclair and its surrounding New Jersey communities since 1891. The hospital, part of the Hackensack University Health Network, provides patients immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital that focus on imaging, women’s health, cancer care, surgery, obesity, stroke and chronic kidney disease. HackensackUMC Mountainside is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ State Department of Health and Senior Services and is one of only a few community hospitals licensed by the State to perform emergency cardiac angioplasty. To learn more about HackensackUMC Mountainside visit



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