“The Valerie Fund has helped us so much," Arion's family said after The Valerie Fund Center at Morristown Medical Center's Goryeb Children's Hospital helped treat Arion last year. "I truly believe without the doctors and nurses, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They ensured we weren’t burdened with anything and could focus on healing."
Arion's grateful parents continued by saying, "Thanks to the great staff at The Valerie Fund, we have finished treatment. Arion is doing great and is back at school. He even went to Disney for a week!”
"When I was a patient," Shariah said, "The Valerie Fund gave us resources and information that was critical to our treatments and healing." Shariah was treated at Newark Beth Israel when she was diagnosed two years ago.
Shariah made sure not to let her diagnosis prevent her from living her life. “My favorite memory from Camp Happy Times is the dance at the end of the week. I wore the most gorgeous dress and danced with all my friends." While Shariah will have to continue to be monitored even after completing treatment, she remains dedicated to both her school and herself. "Today, I am the Cheer Captain for my school, tutoring children and applying for high schools.”
Myles attends The Valerie Fund Center at Paterson's St. Joseph's Medical Center where he is treated for Sickle Cell Anemia. “The Valerie Fund has helped me by providing comfort, support and made me smile when I didn’t want to" Myles said.
Myles came to The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy 5K in Verona for the first time this year. "A favorite memory is attending the Walk/Run in June. It was my first time and the experience was the best! I have never felt such love and support by so many people. I will cherish that feeling forever.”