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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Your participation, time or financial gift ensures that children get everything they need to receive the most effective treatment.

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Our unique blend of medical care and emotional counseling gives patients and their families the supportive environment they need during treatment and beyond.

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The 27th Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala

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The Valerie Fund's Thanksgiving Ball Gala has been the highlight of the organization's fall/winter fundraising season and after 26 years, a change in venue set the tone for an all-out effort to dazzle guests. Close to 350 guests came to the beautiful facility, The Grove in Cedar Grove, NJ and soon realized they were a part of the most memorable evening to date! Towering autumn centerpieces filled the tables in the massive ballroom. But the room couldn't contain the enthusiasm and generosity of the guests in response to the honoree speeches and interactions with our patient ambassadors.

Before the line up of speakers took to the podium Valerie Fund patient, Olivia introduced the evening's 15 ambassadors. Ranging in age from six to 19, each current or former Valerie Fund patient spoke a little bit about themselves and mingled with guests in the ballroom.

Pat Tully, the Gala's auctioneer, rallied the crowd during the evening's live auction which featured tickets to see Bruce Springsteen on Broadway plus a signed guitar, and dinner for ten in the private dining room of the esteemed L'Artusi restaurant in New York City. Close to $600,000 was raised --- the second largest fundraising total in the Ball's history! 

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Topics: patients, volunteers, The Grove, give back, ambassadors, nonprofit, fundraising, new jersey, events, Founders, advocate, childhood cancer, pediatric, Philantrophy, Blood Disorders, Holiday Giving

The Valerie Fund - Events Recap

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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

ArtShines: A Gallery to Support Kids with Cancer

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Art will shine for critically ill children from our area Friday, February 2, 2018. ArtShines 2018, is a gallery event hosted by Radius Digital Science at their office in Montclair, New Jersey. Radius works with some of the world's top pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies to provide education through scientific storytelling for healthcare professionals, caregivers, patients and their loved ones.

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Topics: Non-profit, childhood cancer, Pediatric Cancer, pediatric, Blood Disorders, art, science, Charity, new jersey, centers, community events, education, events, fundraising, nonprofit

The 2017 Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund Tennis Exhibition

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Avid tennis fans of all ages braved the snowy forecast on Saturday, December 9th to attend the 2017 Justin Gimelstob Children's Fund Tennis Exhibition. New Jersey native and former pro tennis player, Justin Gimelstob hosted the event to raise money and awareness for a variety of children's charities, including The Valerie Fund for the fourth time since 2007. 

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Topics: Justin Gimelstob, Tennis, Madison Keys, The Bryan Brothers, CoCo Vandeweghe, tennis exhibition, Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, Charity, Non-profit, community events, events, fundraising

Meet the 2017 Ambassadors: Part 3

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The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala was an entertaining and elegant evening. The ballroom dazzled with white roses and a soft golden glow. The evening’s honoree, Dr. Steven Halpern, delivered a moving speech that captivated the entire room. The event which featured a live and silent auction, raised almost $450,000 to date. The most inspiring part of the evening was when the ambassadors shared their experiences and educated guests about how The Valerie Fund has cared for and supported them and their families. Below are the final five profiles of the ambassadors who attended this year’s gala.  

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Topics: Non-profit, nonprofit, Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, education, pediatric, childhood cancer, caregivers, events, new jersey, ambassadors, The Hilton Short Hills

Meet the 2017 Ambassadors: Part 2

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Our blog series continues with excerpts from the 2017 Ambassador's profiles that will be in attendance at The Thanksgiving Ball Gala this Friday, November 17th. 

Gavin, age 7

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Topics: Non-profit, education, Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, pediatric, childhood cancer, caregivers, events, new jersey, nonprofit, ambassadors, camp happy times

Meet the 2017 Ambassadors: Part 1

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The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Ball Gala will be held on Friday, November 17th, 2017 at the Hilton Short Hills. A special part of the night is the opportunity for guests to meet with current and former Valerie Fund patients both informally and at designated Learning Depots. Along with a caregiver from The Valerie Fund, our ambassadors will educate guests about all the services the organization has to offer. The interaction often turns personal as ambassadors share how a particular service was meaningful in their own journey of battling a life-threatening disease.

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Topics: Non-profit, nonprofit, Pediatric Cancer, Blood Disorders, pediatric, childhood cancer, new jersey, ambassadors, events, education, caregivers

The 4th Annual Rook Run (and walk)

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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

Community Events: Making a Big Impact

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September is National Childhood Cancer and Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. Join The Valerie Fund in going red and gold to raise awareness. #nobodyfightsalone #bethehope #40yearsofcaring.

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Topics: Charity, 40 years, Blood Disorders, Non-profit, Pediatric Cancer, awareness, community events, events, fundraising, sickle cell, new jersey, childhood cancer

The Valerie Fund's partnership with World Subaru

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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

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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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