FANWOOD, NJ -- Smash Kids Cancer, a fund-raising event at La Grande Park in Fanwood on Saturday, offered food trucks, music, a Chinese yoyo artist, and fun games for children. The well attended event brought together volunteers from Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Clark, and other New Jersey towns.

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. 

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

The Chins, along with many of their family members and friends from the local area, sought to raise $10,000 for kids cancer research.