WARREN, NJ - Peyton Walton, 10, was diagnosed in June with Undifferentiated Embryonic Hepatic Sarcoma and Peyton's former classmates, teachers and principals of the Warren Township schools, the PTOs, and other local residents are rallying to help.
The "5K Walk for Peyton" will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 at East County Park off Reinman Road. Register at https://gofund.me/qs36dyrw Peyton will be between chemotherapy sessions so she may be able to participate.
The fund-raising event will feature face painting, a bounce house and a disc jockey.
"This is one of the rarest forms of cancer in children," said Anthony Mina, a friend of Peyton's family who hopes to help her family raise $75,000 to benefit the cause.
"We're just asking everyone to come to the walk on Oct. 17 to show their support, even if they don't make a donation," said Mina. "Knowing that everyone is here for them will provide encouragement for Peyton and her family to continue fighting."
A "Go Fund Me" page has been created to support Peyton and her family, to help offset substantial medical costs and will help provide funds to purchase a mobile robot for Peyton's school that will allow her to participate in classroom education when medical needs require her to remain at home. The mobile robot could be used by other students facing similar medical challenges.
"So far we have raised more than $11,500, in less than 6 weeks" said Mina. "People have been very generous and it is a blessing to see our community getting together to serve a good cause."
Peyton, who had a tumor removed from her liver, is now undergoing chemotherapy and soon will be starting radiation during what will be a long recovery all while transitioning to a new town in a new state, and starting in a new school.
The cancer was diagnosed after Peyton began complaining of stomach pain this summer during her family's move from Warren to their new home in Poolesville, MD.
"Through all the pin pricks, pokes, prods, and scans she has remained her usual feisty self and shown courage and a mental and physical toughness that belie her age," according to the Go Fund Me page. "In short, she is an inspiration, a fine example for how to tackle any challenges life may throw one's way."
"Peyton and my son, Matthew, were and are still close friends," said Mina. "They spent most of the last 5 years together and were in the same classroom."
On behalf of Peyton and her family, The Learning Experience of Warren, and The Learning Experience of Basking Ridge organized a philanthropy event for the Embrace Kids Foundation during the month of August as it was the Month of Philanthropy at The Learning Experience. Students made bracelets, and decorated hats and T-Shirts that were sold to parents and participants at the event. The local Learning Experience of Warren and Basking Ridge were able to raise almost $800 in one day that was matched by the Learning Experience to bring the total event proceeds to $1,600.