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Phoebe's Comedy Night to Benefit Medical Fund, June 26

Phoebe's Comedy Night June 26 at Mt. Carmel Hall to benefit Phoebe's Medical Fund. Credits: Green Family

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  A comedy night has been planned to benefit the medical fund set up for Phoebe, the three year old daughter of Danny and Adrienne Green [Danny works at Benham's Garage in Berkeley Heights].  Phoebe was recently diagnosed with ALPS (Autimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome), a rare genetic disorder. Phoebe's medical expenses are not covered by insurance due to the rarity of the syndrome. 

Phoebe's Comedy Night is scheduled for Thursday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Hall located at 56 River Road, Berkeley Heights. Tickets are available for $40 per person at Anything Floral located at 411 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights and Re/Max Integrity Advantage located at 501 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.  Ticket price includes comedy show and dinner with BYOB. Call (908)464-5445 with any questions.

The community has rallied for the Green family with Hilary Froehlich and Cheri Pertesis of Anything Floral at the helm of organizing this event along with many other local businesses and individuals that have donated money, services, food and a percentage of their sales to help this family in need.

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"Danny is a part of our every day," said Froehlich. "He has always been a smile and friendly wave when we are walking though our parking lot to our delivery vans.  He stops in the store to say hello and occasionally buys us coffee for no reason whatsoever at 7-Eleven or wherever we seem to run into him.  We've always found him to be a kind, considerate warm-hearted guy.  He's not just the technician across the street, he's become a friend.  When we found out about his daughter Phoebe's condition and their family's current situation with insurance, we were immediately inclined to help."

Event planning and decor is something that Froehlich and Pertesis do everyday. "So, throwing together a fundraiser in three short weeks is nothing that we are fearful of.  We have plenty of people that we know, know us through the Community Forum and even perfect strangers that have already reached out to us and are eager to help us make this event a success," said Froehlich.

The Greens, who live in Basking Ridge, have touched the hearts of the community. Follow Phoebe's medical journey through their blog: A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help pay for the escalating medical expenses that are not covered by insurance. 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH) has identified ALPS (Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome) "as an inherited disorder of the immune system that affects both children and adults. In ALPS, unusually high numbers of white blood cells called lymphocytes accumulate in the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, which can lead to enlargement of these organs. ALPS can cause numerous autoimmune problems such as anemia (low count of red blood cells), thrombocytopenia (low count of platelets), and neutropenia (low count of neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell in humans)."

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