Verona Township is supporting The Valerie Fund this year at the 17th annual walk at Verona Park. Two residents of Verona are currently being treated at Valerie Fund Centers, making this a cause close to our communities heart. For 17 years, the annual walk has been held at Verona Park, bringing thousands of people together each year to support and celebrate the children of The Valerie Fund. Verona Township is proud to attend the event as a community this year. The Valerie Fund was created when Valerie Goldstein lost her battle to cancer at the age of 9. Her parents, Ed and Sue, were determined to help other families in similar situations gain access to more comprehensive care in child centered atmospheres close to where they lived. They had spent most of Valerie's short life traveling from their home in New Jersey to get her the most advanced pediatric cancer treatment in their area, which was in New York City at the time. That meant a 90-minute drive one way on a daily basis. For six years the Goldstein's made that journey. The whole endeavor took an emotional and physical toll on the entire family, sapping their energy at a time when they needed it most. Ed and Sue were convinced that there was a better way to approach children with serious illnesses and their families. They envisioned a place that could provide families with regional outpatient treatment centers at top pediatric hospitals within an hour's drive of most of the state's population, providing state-of-the-art medical and emotional care in a happy, upbeat child focused environment.
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