Cancer Survivor Prepares For Layups 4 Life, A Basketball Tournament Fundraiser

Making a difference in the fight against cancer, ‘One Layup at a Time’

PARSIPPANY —  Layups 4 Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is founded on the principles of making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Layups 4 Life will hold their 4th annual 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament on Saturday, April 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Parsippany PAL Youth Center, 33 Baldwin Road.

It is L4L’s mission to help raise vital funds for cancer research and clinical trials. Since 2014, Layups 4 Life has made contributions to leukemia, pediatric and bone marrow research departments and supported clinical trials within Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC).

The event is open to Men/Women, Boys/Girls of all skill levels-starting at ages 13+
(Teams will be organized according to age & skill level).

To register, click here. Cost is $32.00 per person. (Each team member must sign up individually).

Be a part of a fun filled day of basketball, food, music, contests, prizes and fun.

Registration ends on Tuesday, April 24. Cost increases on April 9th. Spectators are welcome.

Proceeds benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Interested in sponsorship and donations opportunities? Contact Dan Exter at or call (973) 219-1893.

Dan with his parents, Sheldon and Carol Exter

In 2013, after Dan Exter visited a lung specialist to address the shortness of breath he had been experiencing for the previous few months, he found out he had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L) and at the young age of 27 was staring at a diagnosis that would change his life forever.

That experience in a nutshell was the impetus for the launch of Layups 4 Life, a 501(c)(3) organization that raises vital funds for cancer research and clinical trials, founded by cancer survivor Dan Exter.  While recovering and laying in his hospital bed, Dan made a promise to himself. That promise was that if he was fortunate enough to make a full recovery that he would be an advocate in the fight against cancer. It was during his recovery that Dan wrote on a piece of paper the idea of creating Layups 4 Life.

“Ten years ago the transplant procedure that I had received to combat my cancer was once a clinical trial and due to generous funding and continued research it is now a proven procedure to treat cancers such as A.L.L.”, says Exter a four year survivor. 

Dan received a treatment plan that consisted of full body radiation, chemotherapy and a T-Cell depleted Stem Cell transplant. Dan’s younger and only brother, Jason, beat the 25% chance odds and tested as a perfect match and became Dan’s donor.

“My mission now is to make sure that everyone who is struck down with a cancer diagnosis, not only A.L.L (although that form of cancer remains a funding priority) has the same access to treatment and trials that provide the best chance for remission”, says Exter.

Dan and his wife Dana

Dan is married to his wife Dana who is also the co-founder of Layup4Life. The couple were dating a year and a half when Exter was diagnosed.  He works as a Digital Media Strategist in Chatham at Theorem and they reside in Jersey City.