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Jam Kancer in the Kan Effort Born in Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raises $250,000 for Research

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Kyle Brainard with John Del Sordi and Colleen Gialanella at a September 2016 Scotch Plains Council meeting Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- What began as a backyard event has now evolved into a movement that has generated over $231,000 for cancer-related charities and organizations. The fourth annual Scotch Plains/Fanwood Jam Kancer In The Kan event will take place on Sept. 23, 2017.

The success has led to the creation of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation. Its mission statement is simple: to provide support to organizations that assist families in the throes of dealing with cancer.

“It's August, which means it's Jam Kancer In The Kan time. Once again, Beth Crimmins and I are part of a group of people who are banding together to raise money for the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation,” says Jamey Crimmins, whose team has raised over $3,000 this year to date. “Like many, kancer has taken a great deal from us. This is our way of fighting back.”

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Based upon the popular game Kan Jam, the event was created in 2014 by four friends whose lives had been ravaged by the disease. Desiring to help others avoid the pain they felt, they enlisted local friends & families to join their efforts. Thus, the annual Jam Kancer In The Kan fundraising tournament was born.

In just 3 years, the event has raised over $125,000 for Pediatric Kancer care & research and led to the establishment of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation. Proceeds from last year’s Jam Kancer In The Kan were donated to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Cancer Center, in support of the outstanding treatment provided to Kyle Brainard and his family. In June 2016, the Brainards received the phone call that all parents fear: the one where someone says: “Your child has kancer.” CHOP provided treatment for Kyle, who responded well and was recently diagnosed as cancer-free.

The movement continues to grow. Aided the efforts of New York Islanders’ star Anders Lee, the movement will soon surpass the $250,000 mark in funds raised for kids suffering from kancer. Meanwhile, this year’s local fundraising in Scotch Plains-Fanwood has begun. Already $11,495 (23% of $50,000 goal) has been raised.

  1. Team Crimmins: $3,325
  2. Team Midrano: $2,555
  3. Team Kelly: $1,100
  4. Team Fiore: $1,055

Amy Fiore's Uncle Jerry and Anthony's Fiore's Uncle Jay both succumbed to cancer in 2010. Those losses provided them with motivation to help fight the disease.

"These two men will always be very important in the lives of both of us,” said Anthony Fiore, who with his wife, Amy, has already raised more than $1,000 this year. “To have their lives cut short was devastating to us. However, we are blessed to be able to raise money in their honor and to always keep their memories alive for us and for our girls.”

On Saturday, August 19, the Jam Kancer will benefit from Summer Jam Fundraising event at Darby Road at which the bar/restaurant will donate 20% of its revenue for the day back to Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation. Additionally, the annual Scotch Plains/Fanwood Kups for Kancer Fundraiser in which kids sell lemonade for the cause, will occur on Saturday, September 16.

The mission of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation Fund is simple: to provide support to organizations that assist families in the throes of dealing with this hideous disease. No amount is too small and all will help in the fight to rid the world of cancer! 

New York Islanders’ star Anders Lee explains why he got involved:


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