WARREN, NJ - President Donald Trump called 10-year old Grace Eline “an inspiration to everyone in this room” in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. And Eline received multiple standing ovations. She was declared cancer free in October.
Eline, of Long Hill Township who sat with First Lady Melania Trump during the address, was diagnosed with germinoma, a germ-cell brain tumor at age 9. She has received treatment—chemotherapy and radiation—at The Valerie Fund Center at Newark Beth Israel. The Valerie Fund was founded by Warren residents Ed and Sue Goldstein and named for their daughter Valerie who lost her battle to cancer at the age of 9.
Years before diagnosis, since she was four years old, Eline has been asking for charitable donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital rather than birthday presents for herself. She was named a gold ribbon hero of the American Childhood Cancer Organization.
“Wherever she goes, she brightens the room with her kind heart and infectious smile,”the White House said in an announcement.
Trump said in his address that his 2019 budget proposal will include $500 million for childhood cancer research over the next 10 years.
The Brooke Healey Foundation posted, “Grace 💜, I like to believe that you are the voice of the children here and gone, and what a sweetheart of a voice. Thank you!!”
The Valerie Fund posted, “Congratulations to Grace, who is in Washington, D.C. representing over 6,000 children being treated by The Valerie Fund at the State of the Union tonight! Grace is working hard to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and pediatric cancer research! www.thevaleriefund.org #graceshouse”
According to information on The Valerie Fund’s website, Dan and Elizabeth Reichard are the proud grandparents of nine-year old Valerie Fund patient, Grace. Since her diagnosis of a Germ Cell Brain Tumor in early May, Grace has received treatment—chemotherapy and radiation—at The Valerie Fund Center at Newark Beth Israel. Following an extraordinary fundraising effort at the Walk/5K Run in June, Dan was interested in collaborating further with the organization that is taking such good care of his granddaughter. The Designer Showhouse is an opportunity to feature local designers' expertise as well as an interesting way for the public to support The Valerie Fund's mission. Building a Brighter Future for The Valerie Fund Kids.
Click on the link below to view the CBS News spot on Grace’s House!
For more information on the open house and how to get involved with the Valerie Fund, please click here.
For anyone that would like to support Grace and The Valerie Fund check out the link to the upcoming Designer Showhouse
About The Valerie Fund:
The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide individualized care to children at medical centers close to home, because we believe the most effective way to heal the children in our care is to treat them emotionally, socially and developmentally, as well as medically.
When Valerie Goldstein lost her battle to cancer at the age of 9, her parents, Ed and Sue, were determined to help other families in similar situations gain access to more comprehensive care in child centered atmospheres close to where they lived in Warren Township. They had spent most of Valerie's short life traveling from their home in New Jersey to get her the most advanced pediatric cancer treatment in their area, which was in New York City at the time. That meant a 90-minute drive one way on a daily basis. For six years the Goldsteins made that journey, bringing Valerie to doctor's appointments, chemotherapy, radiation, emergency visits, surgery and hospital stays. All the while leaving their other young daughter Stacy, just two years older than Valerie, home with babysitters. Valerie often felt nausea after chemotherapy and still had to endure the long trip home. The travel disrupted family life and forced them to rearrange work schedules. The whole endeavor took an emotional and physical toll on the entire family, sapping their energy at a time when they needed it most.
Ed and Sue were convinced that there was a better way to approach children with serious illnesses and their families. They envisioned a place that could provide families with regional outpatient treatment centers at top pediatric hospitals within an hour's drive of most of the state's population, providing state-of-the-art medical and emotional care in a happy, upbeat child focused environment.
In 1977, just one year after Valerie passed away, Ed and Sue saw their vision realized when they opened the first Valerie Fund Center at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, just 20 minutes from their home.
Today, when you walk through the doors of a Valerie Fund Center you are greeted by a team of social workers, psychologists and child life specialists that support you throughout your journey to ease the burden so your family can concentrate on healing.
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