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Bikers for Brooke Raises Awareness and Funds for DIPG and Pediatric Cancer; Foundation Tees Up for their Next Event

Rain didn't keep riders away at the 6th annual Bikers for Brooke and family Barbecue. Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer
Credits: Bobbie Peer

The Brooke Healey Foundation "Caring 'til it's cured."

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Brooke Healey's memory lives on through the Brooke Healey Foundation that raises funds and brings awareness to DIPG, the aggressive, inoperable brain turmor that took her life in 2013.  

The drizzle did not discourage the 56 riders from revving up their bikes for the sixth annual Bikers for Brooke two hour ride last month. The tour started and ended at Mount Carmel in Berkeley Heights with a catered BBQ that followed with live Music, games, activities and a classic car show.

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Lucas Reiling, a 12 year old from New Providence who is a 10 year cancer survivor, was the Master of Ceremonies and waved the bikers on at the start. The Union police escorted the bikers that included members of the Blue Knights, Knights of Columbus, Red Knights, Rescue Riders, among others, all riding in solidarity to support the cause. The biker community merges with the Healey family for this day each year.  

Joe Franchino led a moment of silence in the memory of Vic Guidetti, a strong supporter of the Brooke Healey Foundation and Bikers for Brooke. He tragically died in a motorcycle accident after the event last year. Franchino assured the pack of riders that "Vic" will be riding with them and asked God to watch over the riders, "he knows why we are here today." Before the ride took off, the bikers were blessed by Matt Dernier who delivered a blessing of the bikes to all riders.

The Brooke Healey Foundation thanked the many volunteers that made the event a success including: Amy Reiling [Lucas' mom] for speaking, DJ Mike Savage, the band Kinderhook, vendors, classic car owners, the many event volunteers including traffic directors, registration takers, the New Providence Reds manning the dunk tank, Zita’s ice cream servers, face painters, sand artists, merchandise sellers, hot dog grillers, food servers, beer pourers, Kelley Marie Photography, and the set up and clean-up crews. 

Funds raised go directly to families dealing with pediatric cancer, especially brain cancer and DIPG. As part of the DIPG Collaborative, The Brooke Healey Foundation is collectively contributing millions of dollars towards targeted research. Their website states, "Leading experts believe that in order to find a cure for ALL cancer, we must focus on DIPG – one of the rarest and most aggressive cancers."

"Our mission is to promote awareness for this particular brain tumor and other pediatric brain tumors," Stefani Healey said. Donations to the organization help families who are affected by similar diagnoses, and while the foundation has reached a national audience in a short time, its focus remains in New Jersey.


The Brooke Healey Foundation is hosting their 5th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 20th and are currently offering sponsorship opportunities, many of which include foursomes.  The event, which will be held at Royce Brook Country Club, accommodates up to 54 golfers and their dinner guests.  

Attached is sponsorship information.  

Please contact Michele Stivalo with any questions: or 908-872-0291.

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