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Bikers for Brooke to Raise Awareness and Funds to Fight Pediatric Brain Cancer

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June 11 Motorcycle Run & Family Fun event to benefit The Brooke Healey Foundation

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The 5th annual Bikers for Brooke Motorcycle Run & Family Fun day will be held on June 11, 2017. The event benefits The Brooke Healey Foundation, which exists in honor of 5-year-old Brooke Healey of New Providence, who, in 2013, lost an 8-month battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable, very aggressive brain tumor. 

The event attracts hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and families and takes place at Mt. Carmel Society field, 56 River Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ. The police escorted ride is AMA sanctioned and goes through Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Summit, Mountainside, Westfield, Scotch Plains, Basking Ridge and Long Hill Township.

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All are encouraged to cheer the riders along the way. Businesses on the route can show their community support by posting signs, for example. Family Fun begins at 12:00 pm after the ride where families eat, play and shop. Participants do not have to ride to attend. The event is designed for families to enjoy.

The food is catered by Paolo's Kitchen of New Providence, plus hot dogs from Green Village Packing Company, Green Village and ice cream from Zita's of New Providence. Music by Mama D & The Vexations, The Elefante Family Band and Mike Savage Tunes.The day includes activities for all ages: laser tag, face painting, sand art, bounce house, bubble soccer, dunk tank, New Providence and Berkeley Heights fire trucks, classic car show, vendor village, 50/50 and more.

"Bikers for Brooke is one of three major fundraisers held each year by The Brooke Healey Foundation and is particularly important for raising awarenesss," says Sandy Castle, event co-chair and Foundation board member. "The nearly one-mile of motorcycles, escorted by law enforcement and first responder organizations is an incredibly moving sight. There are many tears rolling down faces, including mine, as we rev up and roll out."

Riders, familes, friends, volunteers, local organizations and businesses dontate their time and money to help The Foundation in its mission—fighting pediatric brain cancer by supporting families, funding research and encouraging community involvement through scholarships.

Schedule of Events
When:  Sunday, June 11, 2017
Where: Mt. Carmel Society field, 56 River Road, Berkeley Heights

Time:  Run Registration 9-10:30 am
Kickstands up: 10:45 am
Free breakfast snacks, coffee and water. First 50 riders get a free event t-shirt.
Cost (Includes BBQ): $25/driver; $15/passenger

FAMILY FUN: 12:00 - 3:00 pm.
Cost: $25/person; $10/child under 11; $50/family includes 2 adults

About The Brooke Healey Foundation
All proceeds benefit the Brooke Healey Foundation, which was created to build awareness and raise funds for research in DIPG; to help families dealing with pediatric cancers, especially brain cancers and DIPG; to foster community relationships and to promote involvement through scholarships awarded to civically active high school seniors.

The Foundation exists in honor of 5-year-old Brooke Healey, daughter of Steve and Stefani of New Providence who was diagnosed with DIPG, an inoperable, very aggressive tumor in the middle of the brain stem (the Pons) on January 14, 2013. She passed away on September 9, 2013.

During the 8 months of Brooke's brave fight against DIPG, she never complained and continued to bring smiles to everyone with her larger than life personality. Her battle inspired people from all over the world who came together in support of Brooke, the Healey family and each other.

This type of tumor only affects children, and there is currently no cure for DIPG. In fact, pediatric brain tumors have a survival rate of less than 20%. Research in this area is greatly underfunded. Families facing DIPG have very few resources or options.

The Foundation seeks to change both of these facts and help find a cure for DIPG. Until then, it will help make life just a little easier for those who are dealing with the disease. The Brooke Healey Foundation is a Foundational member of the DIPG Collaborative, www.dipg.org, a collection of foundations with the common interest of inspiring research into the cure of DIPG, with the belief that through a cure for DIPG, significant advances in other cancer research will be made. Collectively funding reaches $2M every two years.

If you cannot attend, there are still ways to support the Foundation and families in need by sending a check to: The Brooke Healey Foundation, PO Box 981, New Providence, NJ  07974; or via PayPal on brookehealey.com.

For more information about The Brooke Healey Foundation and to read Brooke’s story visit: brookehealey.com

DIPG primarily affects children, who are typically diagnosed between the ages of 5 - 7. There is a 0% survival rate. Sadly a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes, and only 4 cents per dollar of National Cancer Institute funding goes to pediatric cancer. In addition, 84% of families deadline with pediatric cancer experience financial hardship

The Brooke Healey Foundation helps families directly and, as part of the national organization, the DIPG Collaborative, supports select, targeted research. The Collaborative is a collection of foundations with the common interest of inspiring research into the cure of DIPG with the belief that through a cure for DIPG, significant advances in other cancer research will be made.

 

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