Christian Panarese, a 13-year-old Westfield resident, attends Edison Intermediate School. Born a spastic quadriplegic, he is confined to a wheelchair. A patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital since he was 9 months old, Christian is desperately in need of a new wheelchair. Rapidly outgrowing the wheelchair that he is forced to use on a daily basis, the purchase of a new wheelchair is not within the family budget.
Christian would truly appreciate a new wheelchair with the capability of allowing him to stand-upright. This new wheelchair would afford him the opportunity to join classmates at the chalkboard, where they may be completing math problems, or in English class, where students are discussing new topics for a writing project. A new wheelchair would give him the flexibility to move leisurely around his neighborhood, the halls at Edison Intermediate School, and navigate through Malls and other shopping areas.
A new upright wheelchair, would afford him the luxury of having lunch with  friends at different tables in the cafeteria, and actually allow him to go out with his pals for an ice cream cone. 
Please help Christian. Let’s show our support and allow him to enjoy some sense of normalcy.  Raised by his grandparents, Frank, a retired New York City Police Detective, and his grandmother, Nancy Panarese, a new wheelchair would be a great help to this fine young man. 

Please join with friends and family for Drinks, Dinner, Dessert, a Silent Auction of Sports Memorabilia, and Laughs with Mike Marino on Saturday evening, May 19th. Not only will you be making a wonderful donation to help one great kid, you’ll be enjoying an evening of great food catered by Deli King of Linden and entertainment.
What: Drinks, Dinner, Dessert, and Laughs with Mike Marino to benefit Christian Panarese.
When:Saturday evening, May 19, 2012
Where: Temple Emanu-El, 756 East Broad Street, Westfield
Time: 7:30  p.m.
The Cost: $75 per person. A reasonable donation for a great cause!
Make checks payable to Christian’s Wish. Send checks to:
Mike Kenny, (Christian’s Wish Benefit)
752 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
For more information Please contact:
Mike Kenny: 908.232.6770 Ext/ 129
Carmen Brocato 732.675.5748.