High School sophomore Elizabeth Chin knows first-hand how pediatric cancer affects families. Her brother, Connor, was diagnosed with bone cancer two and a half years ago. Connor was successfully treated by Memorial Sloan Kettering and is enjoying life as an eighth grader.
Elizabeth is leading up Smash Kids Cancer, a Music and Food Fest at LaGrande Park in Fanwood, which will take place on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds from the festival will benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric cancer research.
“Pediatric cancer research is extremely underfunded in this country,” said Elizabeth, who attends Union County Vocational-Technical High School. “Only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s research budget is dedicated to pediatric cancers, which is why donations to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric cancer research are critical to making progress possible.”
Among the food offerings Saturday, festival-goers will find THREE IN ONE Wok, Bar and Grill; Empanada Truck; Coponi Pizzeria Napoletana; Romeo’s Oriental BBQ; Maglione’s Italian Ices; and Waffle de Lys.
Entertainment is planned as follows:
- 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Event kick off and DJ
- 11:30 a.m. - noon: Valencia House Band
- 11:30 a.m. - noon: Magician Mark Zacharia
- Noon - 12:30 p.m.: Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School students with Sensation acapella group
- 12:30 p.m.- 1 p.m.: Spectacular Yo-Yo performance
- 1:00 p.m.- 1:30 p.m.: Chorale - Carl H. Kumpf Middle School
- 1:30 p.m.- 2 p.m.: Atomic Tangerine band
- 2:00 p.m.- 2:15 p.m.: Student duets
- 2:15 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.: Golden Dimes band
- 2:45 p.m.- 3:15 p.m.: DJ with game challenges
- 3:15 p.m.- 4 p.m.: Crash Test band
Other activities will include carnival games, face painting, sand art, bouncy house, dunk tank, chair massage and more.
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