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#GivingTuesday

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
11/28/16

#GivingTuesday is a social media initiative that encourages people around the world to get involved in their communities, use their talents to help others and give back. #GivingTuesday has been celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for the last five years and follows the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This worldwide day of giving marks the start of the charitable season, and is a reminder to give back during the whirlwind of the holiday season. 

 

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Topics: Holiday Giving, Non-profit, Charity, childhood cancer, awareness, community events, fundraising

Meet Our 2016 Ambassadors: Part 3

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
11/11/16

The 25th Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala is just a week away!

The Thanksgiving Ball Gala will be held at the Hilton Short Hills and has historically been an unforgettable and very successful fundraising event. This year, the live and silent auction items will include tickets to the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, a week’s stay at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, exciting autographed memorabilia and much more. Advance bidding on the silent auction items will begin Monday, November 14th and you will be able to follow your favorites live from the Thanksgiving Ball Gala the evening of Friday, November 18th .

The Gala has a new addition this year with four Learning Depots hosted by members of the Valerie Fund multidisciplinary team and a Valerie Fund Patient Ambassador. These Learning Depots give guests the opportunity to understand the core services and programs patients and their families receive at the Valerie Fund Children’s Centers. The team includes social workers and psychologists, Child Life specialists, Educational Liaisons, specialists in Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine and Camp Happy Times staff. Bringing The Valerie Fund Center to our guests is a unique way to recognize the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The Valerie Fund and 40 years of caring for critically ill children and their families from our area.

Below are the profiles of our final four Ambassadors for this year’s 25th Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala.  

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Topics: Charity, childhood cancer, survivor, events, community events

Meet Our 2016 Ambassadors: Part 2

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
11/04/16

Last week, we introduced five of our Valerie Fund Ambassadors for this year's Thanksgiving Ball Gala. These Ambassadors represent the thousands of patients throughout the tri-state area that receive multidisciplinary care at our seven Valerie Fund Children's Centers. In honor of the 25th Anniversary, here are four more of our Ambassadors participating in this year’s Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala.

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Topics: Charity, childhood cancer, survivor, events, community events

Meet Our 2016 Ambassadors

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
10/27/16

Each year The Valerie Fund chooses a group of patients to represent the organization at the annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala and their presence provides an opportunity for personal interaction with the more than 300 guests attending this premier fundraising event. These Valerie Fund patients vary in age, come from different backgrounds, have been diagnosed with different diseases and are treated at one of our seven Valerie Fund Children’s Centers located throughout the tri-state area.

The Ambassadors are united by the support and love they receive from their family, friends and a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals so they never feel alone during this challenging time. Five of our ambassadors for this year’s 25th Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala are featured below.

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Topics: Charity, childhood cancer, survivor, events, community events

The 3rd Annual Rook Run 5K

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
08/25/16

World Subaru presents The 3rd Annual Rook 5K Run on Sunday, September 25th. Fundraising goal of $250,000 to benefit The Valerie Fund. 

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 Long Branch, N.J., August 22, 2016 - Nearly 1,500 runners have already signed up to participate in the 3rd Annual Rook Run and the field is expected to grow to over 3,000 by the time the starter gun goes off at 10:00 AM on Sunday, September 25th. More than 150 volunteers and hundreds of supporters will be on hand to watch the USATF certified 5K Run at the start and finish lines along the Long Branch boardwalk adjacent to the Great Lawn Amphitheatre, 10 Ocean Avenue. 

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Topics: Blood Disorders, childhood cancer, 5k, community events, rook, rook coffee, fundraising

A Look At Our Newest Project: The Voices Cancer and Blood Disorders Couldn't Silence

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
08/03/16
The genesis of a new project by Valerie Fund founders Sue and Ed Goldstein titled “The Voices that Cancer and Blood Disorders Couldn’t Silence. Where They Are Now.”  came out of the understanding that the number of personal experiences that shape patients’ futures are immeasurable. They were curious about the journey current and former Valerie Fund patients have been on since diagnosis and they believe a collection of these stories would be a thought-provoking and rewarding read.
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Topics: Blood Disorders, cancer, Publication, survivor, 40 years

40 Years of Caring: The Valerie Fund Through The Years

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
07/26/16


When Valerie’s family and friends sought to honor her memory 40 years ago, most were new to the world of philanthropy and unlikely fully aware of the challenges of raising money.

Since the first Valerie Fund Children’s Center opened at Summit’s Overlook Medical Center in 1976, the extraordinary growth of The Valerie Fund has been rooted in founders Sue and Ed Goldstein’s own heartbreaking experiences and their desire to provide compassionate care close to home. This year we will celebrate the generosity, willingness to give back and tireless efforts of so many.

While there is so much more to do, we can reflect on the 40th Anniversary of the founding of The Valerie Fund and be proud of the fact that thousands of critically ill children and their families were not alone as they navigated the many challenges faced following a devastating diagnosis of cancer or a blood disorder.

We can appreciate the integration of top-notch medical care with a growing range of customized therapeutic services offered by social workers, child life specialists, educational liaisons, psychologists and specialists in integrative medicine and palliative care. We can acknowledge that while rarely covered by health insurance, these social services play a vital role in addressing quality of life issues during the treatment and healing process.

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Topics: Non-profit, Blood Disorders, cancer, childhood cancer, philanthropy, 40 years

The Valerie Fund Family Welcomes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
07/13/16

The Valerie Fund Board of Directors is proud to announce a new Center will join The Valerie Fund healthcare network serving children in our area with cancer and blood disorders. The St. Joseph's Children's Hospital Paterson-based outpatient facility strengthens The Valerie Fund's ability to offer top-notch services and programs for children and their families in other parts of New Jersey. The official date for the inclusion is July 1, 2016.

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Topics: Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, hematology, oncology, centers, out-patient cancer, out-patient, new jersey

The 2016 Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run Recap

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
06/30/16
More than 4,000 people came to Essex County’s Verona Park on Saturday, June 11th to celebrate the courage and resilience of children in our area being treated for cancer and blood disorders. Over the last five years The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run has raised a total of $5,352,500



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Topics: 5k, walk

A Walk Back - The History of The Valerie Fund Walk

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
05/25/16

The Valerie Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run, now in its 11th year, is a fine example of the successful growth of a small community event with a big heart. More than $5,000,000 has been raised since a group of people met at Verona (NJ) Park in 2006 to celebrate the courage and resilience of children being treated for cancer and blood disorders. 

Just as The Valerie Fund began in the living room of founders Ed and Sue Goldstein to honor their nine-year-old daughter Valerie’s memory, the first Walk-a-thon brought an intimate number of supporters together who wanted to show their thanks and raise money for the non-profit organization. The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide comprehensive health care services to young patients and their families at a most vulnerable time.

Valerie was treated at hospitals in New York City for Ewing’s Sarcoma (bone cancer) for six years until she passed away in 1976. Her parent’s vision was to spare other families with critically ill children the additional suffering associated with traveling long distances to receive state-of-the-art medical care.

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Topics: Blood Disorders, childhood cancer, 5k, walk, walkathon, sponsors, run, events

The Power of Giving

Learn more about the ways you can help. 

Join in the fight against childhood cancer and blood disorders: donate, participate in an event, or volunteer your time. Our philosophy is that to truly heal the children whose care we are entrusted, we must treat them emotionally, socially, and developmentally, as well as medically.

 

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