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The Valerie Fund Walk/5K Run presented by Ed & Sue Goldstein & Jag-One Physical Therapy

Contact: Bunny Flanders

The Valerie Fund

973-202-1992

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Valerie Fund’s Annual Walk & 5K scheduled for June 10th

Fundraiser for kids battling cancer and blood disorder in Verona Park


Now in its 18th year, the 2023 Valerie Fund Walk & 5K presented by Ed and Sue Goldstein & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy will be held on June 10th in Essex County’s Verona Park. This community-wide event gathers people together to celebrate and honor The Valerie Fund patients battling pediatric cancer and blood disorders.

This year The Valerie Fund is excited to announce several new ways to get involved in the walk & 5K run. We are inviting our team captains to Go for Gold. Team Captains who raise $1,000 or more for their team will earn a GOLD shirt to set them apart as a Fundraising Gold Team at The Valerie Fund Walk/5K on June 10th.

As part of the Walk & 5K run, The Valerie Fund is holding a 50/50 raffle with the winner drawn at Verona Park. Tickets are offered at $25 each or a booklet of 5 for $100. We are offering 1000 booklets making that a potential of up to $50,000 to win. Raffle tickets may be purchased through team captains, online at www.TheValerieFund.org/Walk or at their local JAG-ONE office. The holder of the winning ticket does not need to be present on the day to win.

For even more fun on the day, we have added a Color Run component to the Kid Sprint, sponsored by The Learning Express. There will also be a family games area with the naming sponsorship still available. Please contact Leah DelPiano at ldepiano@thevaleriefund.org if you are interested in this or any other sponsorship opportunities.

Thank you to our sponsors for the ongoing support of our amazing Valerie Fund Kids and their family. Special thanks to Sue and Ed Goldstein, our founders and presenting sponsors. Thank you to JAG-ONE Physical Therapy for being our exclusive run sponsor. Thank you to RWJ Barnabas, Atlantic Health, Burger King, CBSTV, Jersey Mikes, Bank of America, CBOE, Inserra Shoprite, Merck and St. Joseph’s Health.


ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS AND COUNTING! We can fight childhood cancers and blood disorders….. together! To learn more about the event and to register for the Sanctioned 5K race and the Walk, go to https://www.thevaleriefund.org/Walk2023/. Many questions can be answered by referring to the website’s FAQ tab or call The Valerie Fund offices at 973-761-0422.

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 superior 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. More than forty years later, The Valerie Fund’s mission remains that of supporting comprehensive health care for children battling cancer and blood disorders.

The Valerie Fund addresses the most immediate needs of patients and families whose lives are suddenly and dramatically upended. Core services provide emotional, practical, and financial support complementing state-of-the art medical treatment at seven Valerie Fund Children’s Centers located in New Jersey, New York and metro Philadelphia. 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 including a staff of social workers, psychologists, child life specialists, and educational liaisons. More than 6,000 children with cancer and blood disorders are treated annually---a network that is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

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

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