"Leukemia will take your breath away. We are a strong family but people don't prepare for a child with cancer. The Valerie Fund does. And they've been the wind beneath our wings. The social workers and educational liaisons help parents deal with the mental ups and downs and the inconvenient responsibilities of life that we can't put on hold. Annie had to spend most of her birthday at the Valerie Center. Not only did (Child Life Specialist) Kelly come out with several presents for her, but she also had arranged for a giant ice cream birthday cake. It was so thoughtful." – Annie's Family
"Ethan's favorite memories include going up on stage for The Valerie Fund Walk, riding a Zamboni, a personal meeting with a favorite author, going to a baseball game and receiving presents after treatment. Receiving these special gifts makes a parent feel that a child will remember this year for all the special treats and not the pain and fear. Ethan enjoys playing with his brothers, playing soccer and participating in afterschool science. He is going to school...all day, every day." – Ethan's Mom Lisa
"A favorite memory I have from Camp Happy Times is catching 43 fish myself! The Valerie Fund helped by providing a VGo robot so I could see my friends at school and be a part of the end of year celebrations. When I am not receiving treatment at The Valerie Fund Center I like to build really complicated LEGO like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. People should support The Valerie Fund because they make things easier and helps me forget how scary the treatment is."
"We cannot imagine going through this experience without The Valerie Fund staff. They are constantly reminding us in both word and deed that they're in the fight with us. Through every frightening moment, they were there to guide and comfort us. Gianna loved being at the Center and would cry because she didn't want to leave! They are part of our family. We love them so much. Gianna is in her second year of pre-school. She spends her time singing, learning piano, dancing and bugging her big brother Dylan." – Gianna's Family
"The Valerie Fund has helped us financially and they brought my family closer together after our Disney trip. I like to play GaGa ball, basketball and shooting arrows with my friends Orlando and Matt. The guests should support The Valerie Fund because they are always there in your time of need."
"Although the treatment protocol is, of course, vital, the support offered at the Valerie Center helps the whole family adjust to this "new normal". Life is never the same again but you get help through it. (Educational Liaison) Joann helped when it was time to go back to school and definitely that first year Juliet missed school and was on home instruction. (Social Workers) Cathy and Anne helped Juliet get through a tough time after the loss of her grandma. Child Life is essential in so many ways keeping kids busy during appointments and hospital stays." – Juliet's Mom Gina
"I was too young to remember my hospital stays but I do remember everyone at The Valerie Fund always made me feel safe and comfortable. I am in the fourth grade with my twin sister Grace and I love playing soccer, basketball and gymnastics. I can't wait to go fishing at Camp Happy Times again next year."
"When I was sick the clown came to visit me and did magic tricks. It helped me to not think of the pain I was in even if it was only for a few minutes. The Valerie Fund knows about my illness and gives me the medicine I need to feel better. They have also helped me by scheduling checkups to make sure I'm ok. When you have to stay over, they make me comfortable. I'm in the 4th grade. I play the trumpet and like to play basketball."
"The Valerie Fund helps kid when they are sick. They're very nice! I remember wanting to go home when I had to stay. They gave me games to play and books to read and other things to do while I was there. The Valerie Fund has helped my family understand what I go through and how to treat my crisis. I'm in the 4th grade. I play the trumpet and like to play basketball....just like my sister."
"I have started my senior year of high school and have already submitted my college applications. I was chosen by my teammates as the cross country team captain and have been running ever since I reached remission. I have been fortunate enough to speak at various golf outings to share The Valerie Fund's story. At the end of my treatment, I was able to go on CBS This Morning and promote The Valerie Fund 5K in Verona Park. This was a once in a lifetime experience that my family and I will never forget."
"Supporting The Valerie Fund is essential. They continuously help families from diverse backgrounds battle serious illnesses and give kids a second chance that they may not have been able to afford. The Valerie Fund guides and assists us with any issues Nyla may have and makes her feel that she is more than just a patient. One of Nyla's favorite memories is when they turned Camp Happy Times into a circus. She just returned to school and cheering for the Junior Jaguars." -Nyla's Mom Kallina
"I am a sophomore in high school. I work hard and have always been a straight A student. The Valerie Fund's Educational Liaison has been in communication with my school to ensure they provide me with proper support for optimal educational success. I kept myself busy and distracted during transfusions, procedures and treatments by spending time on my iPad and for that very reason, I am trying to collect brand new iPads for kids going through active treatment. I call it, "iPads for Angels." I was a state finalist at Miss Teen NJ USA and my platform was to raise awareness for childhood cancer."
"The Valerie Fund brings a little happiness to kids who are going through the toughest times of their lives. A happy memory for me was stringing my beads of courage with (Child Life Specialist) Kelly. I have finished treatment and I'm attending high school and playing field hockey. The Valerie Fund allowed me to be treated close to home and the nurses and doctors made personal relationships with me."
"I'd like to tell the guests tonight that they should support The Valerie Fund because they can help a lot of kids and save their lives. Every time we go to the hospital, we feel welcome and when my family needs help with something, they help us. A favorite memory I have from Camp Happy Time is meeting new friends and going tubing. When I am not in The Valerie Fund Center, I like to do homework, study, color, read, and help my Mom or Dad."
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