BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Hailey Lamca and her Team Lamb Chop will be participating in The Valerie Fund's annual walk June 8 to raise money to provide individualized care to ill children.

According to her mother, Lesli, Lamca was a happy and healthy 12-year-old girl who excelled in school, and played travel soccer, lacrosse and piano. But her life changed Aug. 17, 2017, when she found out she had a brain tumor.

"In less than a week from diagnosis, she had her first surgery, and has had 11 surgeries to date," Lesli Lamca said. "In addition to surgery, she also underwent six weeks of proton radiation."

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"These last two years have been extremely challenging for her, but she has inspired us all with her strength and courage," she added.

Lamca said her daughter and the family have received a great deal of support from the Valerie Center, in Morristown, and that is why the family formed Team Lamb Chop to raise money for the fund at their walk in Verona Park.

The Valerie Center works to provide individualized care to children at medical centers close to home. They provide social workers, psychologists and child life specialists to aid in the journey so the family can concentrate only on healing.

Anyone who would like to join Team Lamb Chop and walk, or make a donation, can go online to https://thevaleriefund.org/Walk2019/team.php?team=2125.