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The Valerie Fund Shares His Story: Michael's March

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On Saturday, June 13th, The Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run will mark the tenth birthday of "The Valerie Fund Walk" in Verona Park, New Jersey. Supporters of the walk come together to recognize children with cancer and blood disorders and the entire community is invited to be part of this milestone birthday. Stories from team members are posted on The Valerie Fund website.

At two years old, Scotch Plains native, Michael Savare, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Five years later, Michael is in remission but is still very much part of The Valerie fund. His team "Michael's March" will be participating in the walk and their team goal is to raise $5,000. When asked about Michael's experience with The Valerie Fund his mother Jodi Savare said, "Wonderful. The Valerie fund, made it possible for Michael to be at a cancer treatment center close to home!"

"The social workers and the child care team made hospital stays possible and positive, he thinks of cancer and smiles now thanks to the Valerie Fund." Please join and support "Michael's March" and become a part of his journey by joining the walk on June 13th, or by making a donation to the cause.

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About the Valerie Fund:

After their nine-year-old daughter Valerie succumbed to cancer, Sue and Ed Goldstein were determined that no family should have to travel great distances to receive state-of-the-art medical care. Along with a group of close friends, they began fundraising efforts from their living room---tireless work that would lead to the 1977 opening of New Jersey’s first pediatric oncology facility at Summit Overlook’s Hospital.

Today, there are seven, not-for-profit Valerie Fund Centers located in New Jersey, New York, and metropolitan Philadelphia staffed with social workers, counselors, psychologists and child life specialists. The hallmark of The Valerie Fund services ensures that families and hospitals do not have to rely on insurance reimbursements to receive the range of support of a multi-disciplinary team. More than 4,000 children with cancer and blood disorders are treated annually---a network that is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

The greater our fundraising successes, the better the ability The Valerie Fund has to implement programs that achieve the organization's mission of supporting comprehensive health care for children battling cancer and blood disorders.

For more information, please contact Bunny Flanders, Director of Marketing and Communications at bflanders@thevaleriefund.org.      

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