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Mayors Committee on Life Sciences Presents Patient Courage Award to David Dubin in Haworth

(L. to r.) Mayor John Smart, David Dubin and Dean Paranicas

Haworth, NJ, October 27, 2017 — During the Haworth Borough Council meeting on Tuesday night, the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences presented its Patient Courage Award to Haworth resident David Dubin, in recognition of his strength in the face of adversity and commitment to helping others.

The honor was presented by HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ) President and Chief Executive Officer Dean J. Paranicas, who serves as a Co-Chair of We Work for Health New Jersey.

Mr. Dubin has Lynch syndrome and is a three-time cancer survivor.  Lynch syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that increases the risk for certain types of cancers.  He was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 1997 but did not undergo genetic testing until the cancer returned in 2007.

During his treatment, Mr. Dubin founded “AliveAndKickN” as a blog to help him stay sane.  The name is derived from his love of soccer, a sport he continues to play and coach.

AliveAndKickN has evolved into a foundation dedicated to raising awareness about Lynch Syndrome.  The organization’s current focus is on the HEROIC registry, a patient-centric, genetic database that allows patient to contribute to research and share their experiences of living with Lynch Syndrome and related cancers.

For more information on AliveAndKickN, visit http://aliveandkickn.org.

Haworth Mayor John Smart nominated Mr. Dubin for the Patient Courage Award.

Mayor Smart explained, “Alive and kicking is more than a slogan, it’s a way of life for [David Dubin] who has committed his life’s work to helping and educating others. Now the Director of Sales, Genetics and Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, Dave remains a friend, a role-model and an inspiration to Haworth residents.”

Since forming in 2010, the Mayors Committee on Life Sciences (a joint endeavor of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities and We Work for Health New Jersey) has worked to promote economic development and innovation, educate legislators, policy makers and the public about the importance of the life sciences industry to New Jersey and its local communities, and benchmarked best practices within host communities that help grow and nurture the industry.