PARSIPPANY — Sons of Italy, Lodge 2561 recently donated to The Valerie Fund. Accepting a check from Sons of Italy President Joseph Jannarone is Bella Rocco, Parsippany. The Sons of Italy has been supporting The Valerie Fund for a number of year.
The Valerie Fund’s mission is to provide support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders.
The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue.
Families turn to The Valerie Fund because of the unique combination of medical care, counseling, and other services it provides. The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers comprise the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, and one of the largest in the nation. They host over 25,000 patient visits each year.
The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K will be held on Saturday, June 10 starting at 8:00 a.m. at Verona Park, corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Lakeside Avenue, Verona.
You can join Bella Rocco at the 5K by clicking here. Bella thankfully is doing well and has been tumor free for five years now.
The MRIs and doctors visits continue but thank god they have remained uneventful, just the way we like it. Her support for The Valerie Fund continues and has become a welcomed tradition with many friends and families that join us year after year.
2017 will be the 9th year that Bella’s Bunch attends this yearly event and hopefully, with your support, Bella’s Bunch will show up with big numbers both in people and in donations. Although the team is named after Bella, and they will never forget all she has gone through, we consider ourselves lucky that it wasn’t worse and we attend every year to pay it forward to all the kids that are currently going through pediatric cancer or a blood disorder.
The walk and run every year for every one of their parents that have had their world turned upside down, knowing that The Valerie Fund will help them with all they have to deal with. Hope you can join Bella’s Bunch on June 10 in support of the kids and families of the Valerie Fund.
Bella has set a goal to raise $7,500 this year for The Valerie Fund.
In addition, at its regular monthly meeting, three new members: Patsy F. Casamassa, lll., John Carmen Gammero, and Richard Fiorentino were sworn in by President Joseph Jannarone, Jr.
Club officers are President is Joe Jannarone Jr.; First Vice President is Louis Amato;
Second Vice President is John Lonero; Treasurer is Bob Iracane; Recording Secretary is Adam Gragnani and Sergeant at Arms is Sean Clark.
The Morris County of the Order of Sons of Italy Lodge 2561 is an affiliated member of the Order of the Sons of Italy In America Association.
The Lodge was founded as a non-profit organization which contributes thousands of dollars to worthwhile local charities and families and awards many scholarships to outstanding men and women. In addition to Valerie Fund, the group supports Parsippany Food Pantry, other local food pantries, Jersey Battered Women’s Service, day care centers and more.