High School sophomore Elizabeth Chin knows first-hand how pediatric cancer affects families. Her brother, Connor, was diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago. Connor was successfully treated by Memorial Sloan Kettering and is enjoying life as an eighth grader. 

Elizabeth is leading up Smash Kids Cancer, a Music and Food Fest at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, which will take place on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric cancer research.

“Pediatric cancer research is extremely underfunded in this country,” said Elizabeth, who attends Union County Vocational-Technical High School. “Only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancers, which is why donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric cancer research are critical to making progress possible.” 

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Among the food offerings Saturday, festival-goers will find THREE IN ONE Wok, Bar and Grill; Empanada Truck; Coponi Pizzeria Napoletana; Romeo’s Oriental BBQ; Maglione’s Italian Ices; and Waffle de Lys.

Entertainment is planned as follows:

  • 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Event kick off and DJ
  • 11:30 a.m. - noon: Valencia House Band
  • 11:30 a.m. - noon: Magician Mark Zacharia 
  • Noon - 12:30 p.m.:  Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students with Sensation acapella group
  • 12:30 p.m.- 1 p.m.: Spectacular Yo-Yo performance 
  • 1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.: Chorale - Carl H. Kumpf Middle School
  • 1:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.: Atomic Tangerine band
  • 2:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.: Student duets
  • 2:15 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.: Golden Dimes band
  • 2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.: DJ with game challenges
  • 3:15 p.m.- 4 p.m.: Crash Test band

Other activities will include carnival games, face painting, sand art, bouncy house, dunk tank, chair massage and more.

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