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Cheer for Charity Competition Raises $45,000 for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Monday, Apr 14, 2014

Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

CEO Roy Proujansky, MD (second from left) and PICU specialist Marisa Meyer, DO (right), of Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children accept a donation from Cheer for Charity event organizer Jeffrey Martino (center). Also pictured are Joy Zernhelt (left) and Marie Hiddemen of the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health.

Jeffrey Martino of Cheer for Charity (CFC) presented a donation to the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children this month as part of a $250,000 pledge. Earlier this year, 240 cheerleading teams from the Mid-Atlantic region competed in the 9th Annual Cheer for Charity event at the Chase Center in Wilmington.  All-star, high school, recreational, and special needs teams from Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia took part in the competition that was attended by 6,000 spectators, and raised $45,000 for the children’s hospital.

This latest fundraiser was held to continue supporting the pledge made by CFC to help the hospital build a new pediatric intensive care unit. Abbie Martino, Jeffrey’s wife, is a former duPont Hospital intensive care nurse. In six years, Cheer for Charity has raised more than $210,000 toward the goal.

Martino, of Middletown, DE, praised the contributions of volunteers, sponsors, coaches, spectators and participants to the success of this charitable event that ultimately benefits many of the region’s sickest children. Pediatric intensive care specialist Marisa Meyer, DO, and duPont Hospital CEO Roy Proujanksy, MD, thanked the organizers for their dedication and support of critically ill children and their families.

Learn more about Cheer for Charity at

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.