FAIR LAWN, NJ - Brandon Higgins is much closer to his van after the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary raised "a significant amount of money" at the April 4 Tricky Tray at the Brownstone in Paterson. Proceeds from the event and other fundraisers are being donated through the Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary.to buy a special van that will make it easier and safer to take Brandon out on family ventures.

"I want to thank everyone who supported this effort," Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs John Cosgrove said after the event. "Nicole Mattina, our chairperson, did a wonderful job."

The event drew 475 attendees and brought friends and neighbors out to win prizes and in some cases, see people they had not seen in awhile.

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The Mayor and Borough Council named March "Brandon Higgins Month" in support of the effort.

Brandon was born and raised in Fair Lawn and is a 23-year survivor of brain cancer. His victorious fight, though, has left him without the ability to eat or stand on his own. He has lost the ability to speak, as well. Naturally, there is an exorbitant cost involved in getting around the same streets of Fair Lawn where Brandon once walked, ran and rode his bike as a child.