When Valerie Goldstein lost her battle to cancer at the age of 9, her parents Ed and Sue vowed to help families in similar situations gain easier access to more customized care.


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The Valerie Fund supports comprehensive health care services focusing on psychosocial programs for children with cancer and blood disorders close to home.


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The Valerie Fund Blog

The Valerie Fund - Events Recap

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
10/17/18

The Valerie Fund's events have been in full swing since the summer. Starting with The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run on June 9th, the organization has hosted three golf outings, a color run, a karaoke media event, and wrapped up with The Valerie Fund 5K Run & Walk, presented by World Subaru at the beginning of October.

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Topics: patients, give back, volunteer, world subaru, nonprofit, community events, fundraising, new jersey, events, sponsors, walkathon, 5k, run, walk, awareness, pediatric, cancer, Charity, Blood Disorders, Pediatric Cancer, Non-profit

The 4th Annual Rook Run (and walk)

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
10/26/17

The 4th Annual 5K Rook Run (and walk) hosted over 3,000 walkers and runners on Sunday, October 8th in Long Branch, NJ at the Great Lawn Amphitheatre. Despite the soggy weather, supporters came out for a day of food and fun and to raise awareness for children with cancer and blood disorders.

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Topics: rook coffee, 5k, walk, world subaru, subaru, 2018 subaru forrester, rook, raffle, pediatric, oncology, Blood Disorders, childhood cancer, Pediatric Cancer, sickle cell, nonprofit, Non-profit, new jersey, events, fundraising

The Valerie Fund's partnership with World Subaru

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
07/26/17


The 4th Annual Rook Run (and walk) will be held on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 on the Long Branch boardwalk.

The high energy community event benefits children in our area battling cancer and blood disorders and has already raised over $500,000 to date. Thanks to the incredible generosity of Lead Sponsor World Subaru, a raffle drawing has been added this year and a 2018 Subaru Forester SUV will be given away to one lucky ticket holder on October 8th. 

Joe Wajda, Executive Manager of the Tinton Falls dealership decided to step up World Subaru's charitable efforts at the Rook Run (and walk) after seeing firsthand the top notch care patients were receiving at The Valerie Fund Children's Center located within Monmouth Medical Center.

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Topics: 5k, walk, walkathon, run, rook, rook coffee, raffle, Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, Charity, Non-profit, childhood cancer, events, fundraising, new jersey, oncology, sponsors, world subaru

The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
06/28/17

The 2017 Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run was a wonderful success! On Saturday, June 10th, 4,500 people joined us at Essex County's Verona Park for a day of remembrance, hope and strength. 

New supporters of the event this year included samples from Yasso frozen yogurt, Philly Pretzel Factory, and a visit from the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) mobile art studio. Long time supporters and WCBS-TV's very own John Elliot and Vanessa Murdock conducted live interviews with Valerie Fund patients. 

Earlier on CBS Sunday Morning, Communications Director, Bunny Flanders, and Valerie Fund patient, Matthew, promoted the Walk and The Valerie Fund's mission to the station's vast audience. Gallant Entertainment returned this year for a crowd-pumping drumline performance at the start of the Walk. 

 

 


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Topics: 40 years, 5k, walkathon, walk, verona, run, sponsors, Charity, Blood Disorders, childhood cancer, new jersey, fundraising, nonprofit

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

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 Valerie Fund Walk And JAG Physical Therapy 5K

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
05/12/16

The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization that provides caring, comprehensive, state-of-the-art outpatient health care to more than 4,000 children and their families each year. The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run will be held in Essex County’s Verona Park on Saturday, June 11, 2016 and has raised one million dollars in each of the last four years. The Walk and 5K Run supports The Valerie Fund's mission to provide comprehensive health care for children with cancer and blood disorders. Every step and every dollar raised helps at The Valerie Fund Centers. Patients receive far more than treatment for their physical illnesses. The Valerie Fund's philosophy is that to truly heal the children with whose care we are entrusted, we must treat them emotionally, socially, and developmentally, as well as medically.

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Topics: Blood Disorders, childhood cancer, 5k, verona, walk, run

Friend to Friend Campaign: Give, Share, Repeat

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
05/03/16

The Valerie Fund would like to share a letter that we received from Ed and Sue Goldstein, founders of The Valerie Fund in support of our Friend to Friend Campaign: Give, Share, Repeat. We are asking all of our supporters to share your knowledge and connection to The Valerie Fund with your friends, family and business associates just as Ed and Sue Goldstein have below. Join us by making a donation of your choice in support of The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run on June 11th. Then, post a letter on your social media about your relationship to The Valerie Fund and asking your friends to do the same and share with their social media. Our goal is to recruit one million supporters for this year's walk! Thank you and we hope you will consider this campaign! 


 

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Topics: Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, sickle cell, 5k, awareness, walk, run

Paint New Jersey Red and Gold For Awareness!

Posted by The Valerie Fund on
04/21/16

The popular use of various colored ribbons to promote disease awareness provides the perfect synergy to The Valerie Fund’s kickoff of fundraising activities leading up to the 2016 Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run to be held in Essex County’s Verona Park on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Red ribbons for Sickle Cell Awareness and gold ribbons for Childhood Cancer are powerful symbols of the Red & Gold Campaign.  These meaningful colors of awareness will be the theme for the 2016 Valerie Fund Walk. 

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Topics: Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, sickle cell, 5k, awareness, walk, run

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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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