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Brooke Healey Foundation Holds Casino Night to Raise Funds to Help Find a Cure for DIPG

Jimmy Vardas and Al Elefante Credits: Lauryn Shapiro
Gary and Rachel Kapner Credits: Lauryn Shapiro

MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Brooke Healey Foundation held a Casino Night at The Madison Hotel in Morristown on Friday night to raise funds and build awareness for research in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain stem tumor in children.  The Foundation exists in honor of 5-year-old Brooke Healey of New Providence who was diagnosed with DIPG on January 14, 2013 and passed away on September 9, 2013.  There currently is no cure for DIPG. 

Since its inception, the Foundation has provided funds and support to more than a half dozen children with brain tumors and their families and has donated over $25,000 to the DIPG.org Consortium for targeted research to try to find a cure for the disease.  The Foundation also provides high school scholarships for civic service.

Casino Night featured casino table games where attendees could buy "play money" and then cash in that "play money" for raffle tickets to try to win a wide variety of prizes donated by the local community.  There was also a silent auction with prizes including a condo in Naples, Florida for a week.

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New Providence resident Sue Mazza who attended the event said, "It's a great night for a great cause. It was also informative. I learned that September is childhood cancer awareness month and that gold is the color for childhood cancer awareness. We all need to raise awareness about childhood cancer and The Brooke Healey Foundation is helping to raise the awareness."

New Providence Councilman Gary Kapner said, "This is a fun night for a very special cause.  It's great to see so many people from the community coming out to support The Brooke Healey Foundation."  

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