WESTFIELD, NJ -- Mayor Andy Skibitsky proclaimed this to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at the Westfield Town Council Meeting held Sept. 10. The proclamation honored Westfield High School teacher and Cranford resident Kara Shields for her work with The Valerie Fund to help bolster awareness and research of childhood cancers and blood diseases.
In 2012, doctors discovered a tumor on Shields’s 4-year-old son, Will DeGregorio. A recent MRI revealed that DeGregorio’s tumor has cleared. But Shields said she knows she cannot be certain that the battle is over.
“We look forward to each and every day when he is out of the hospital and doing well,” said Shields.
According to The Valerie Fund website, the not-for-profit organization “comprise[s] the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey.” There are seven centers in New Jersey, New York and in the Philadelphia area.
All but two resolutions on the agenda passed without issue. The two unsettled resolutions, which address local demolition, were deferred to the council’s next meeting due to lack of documentation.
At the council conference meeting held prior to the regular meeting, Westfield High School Senior and Boy Scout Troop 273 member Gideon Lee presented plans for his project to become an Eagle Scout. Lee, a WHS track runner, proposed to fix a root-filled trail that runs through Tamaques Park, commonly known as the “Prefontaine Trail.” Lee, who said he has tripped while running the Prefontaine, will add two signs, a mile-marker and create a map for the trail.