July 18, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation (ECF) was founded to honor seven year-old Emmanuel Vizzoni who lost his battle with Burkett’s lymphoma. During his illness, Emmanuel’s parents, Susan and Joseph Vizzoni, experienced the enormous emotional and financial hardships that families endure when a child is diagnosed with cancer. In 1983, two years after Emmanuel’s death, the Vizzoni family established ECF to assist other families experiencing the trauma of childhood cancer.
ECF’s mission is to provide a variety of specialized services, at no charge, to any New Jersey family facing the challenges of caring for a child with cancer. This is accomplished through: professional in-home counseling; advocacy on behalf of the families; material support such as food, clothing, toys, and household items; and emergency financial relief. Families are served statewide through four Regional Centers located in Scotch Plains, Midland Park, Wall, and Woodbury.
ECF has provided free assistance to nearly 2000 families in need since its grassroots inception to its statewide reach today. Services begin where hospitals leave off, at home, where families find themselves isolated and missing the supportive network found in a medical setting. To refer a family in need simply call ECF’s Headquarters Office at (908) 322-4323, ext. 17.
ECF is able to provide its unique services for free thanks to contributions from the community and countless volunteers. Opportunities to help at ECF are endless; please visit ECF’s website at www.emmanuelcancer.org, or call (908) 322-4323 to learn more. Example volunteer opportunities are:
- deliver groceries and gifts to families’ homes
- organize a food drive
- organize a gift card drive
- organize a fundraising event, big or small
To help commemorate this milestone anniversary, “like” ECF on Facebook in June when the organization will be “Celebrating 30 Years in 30 Days”: www.facebook.com/EmmanuelCancerFoundation.