SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, named after Emmanuel Vizzoni, a child who died of cancer in 1981, is headquarted in Scotch Plains.  The Foundation was set up by his parents, in response to the need they saw for other than medical support for families dealing with pediatric cancer.

“Emmanual’s father and I came to understand—because we were running back and forth to the hospital while family members helped care for our daughter—that families with other circumstances must have an incredibly difficult time managing this. We realized that the best thing we could do to cope with our own loss was to start helping others in this situation,” said Susan Vizzoni.

The family of five-year Katarina is just such a family.  Outwardly, Katarina is like any other little girl.  She loves to play outside, dress up in her mommy's clothes, play in the park on the swings and slide, and play with her Disney Princesses.

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However, there is one major difference about Katarina that sets her apart – she has been fighting leukemia for the past two years. This has taken a real toll on her and her family.  The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has stepped in to help. Katarina must have an air purifier to help her breathe and sleep better. She also needs a new booster seat for the car.

“One of the best ways that the public can help is to provide Gift cards to Wal-Mart or Stop & Shop,” said Regional Director Barbara Kopel.  “Please give me a call on 908.322.4323, x17, or stop by our offices at 1833 Front Street in Scotch Plains.”