"I remember being scared in the beginning but when I met the nurses and child life specialists, I figured out that they are really nice and made me feel better. They take good care of me and I like that. Mom says, 'The presence of our Valerie Center in Morristown, our home away from home, as we lovingly refer to it is helping us live thru these trying times.' Aanya likes to color, play with friends, biking and reading."
"The Valerie Fund offers a great environment while my son is receiving treatment. Antwann loves role playing with the doll the child life specialist brings. He finds a great deal of comfort talking to the doll and "taking blood" from it. Antwann enjoys painting and coloring and playing with toys during his monthly visits to The Valerie Fund Center. He also likes to color at home and play in the park."- Antwann's Family
"Cancer is a disease that no children should have to go through. Without your support other kids wouldn't be able to get the help they need. The Valerie Fund has helped us emotionally, financially, showing a lot of love and that we're not alone in this. "God Bless". Camila loved her days at Camp Happy Times especially swimming in the pool, eating bagels and playing with other kids. At home, she loves to dance and sing, play with Play-Doh and making slime!"
- Camila's Family
"The Valerie Fund explained my illness to my sister and helped her cope. During procedures they would hold my hand and made sure I wasn't miserable the whole time. At the end of the treatment all my nurses and child life surprised me with my favorite song. Now that I'm not in treatment, I am adjusting to school. Please support The Valerie Fund. They have ambitions and have helped not only me but my family."
"When my parents had to tell my brother about my sickness, the social worker helped them find a good way to explain it. My favorite memories from Camp Happy Time was the dance and a photo shoot with my best friend. Please support The Valerie Fund because they help kids that are fighting for their lives. When I am not at The Valerie Fund, I like to play softball, do gymnastics, paint and hang with my friends."
"I collected Beads of Courage when I came to the Valerie Center and it always gave me something to look forward to during chemo. I also enjoyed receiving gift cards after every treatment. They signified that I was one step closer to being finished. The Center was close to home which made it easier to get there and come back. My sister could also come to treatments if she wanted. My whole family was included during my chemo process and my parents could easily ask questions. I enjoyed interacting with the social workers and talked to them about what was going on in my life and how I was feeling."
"Dr. Neier, Dr. Gregory and other members of their team met with us and confirmed our absolute worst fear. Our precious two year-0ld son had Stage IV Neuroblastoma. The doctors were compassionate, honest and thoughtful in explaining that Liam and our family were about to embark on the fight of our lives. They said 'We have a very difficult journey ahead but please know you will not be fighting this alone.' No truer words have I ever heard spoken. The Valerie Fund team was by our side every step of the way. 'Unwavering commitment' to every patient is why everyone should support the noble work of this amazing team." - Liam's Family
"You should support The Valerie Fund because they help kids get better and are there for families in many ways. Our family received donations and Christmas gifts. The Valerie Fund creates a fun environment to receive treatment. Kelly (the Child Life Specialist) or a volunteer comes to play with me to distract me from getting chemo. I like that they treat me like a regular kid. I love to dance, watch movies on Netflix, spend time with my family and have fun with my friends."
"My first day was fun taking pictures and eating pizza. The Valerie Fund has introduced us to other people and I have made new friends. Please support The Valerie Fund because they put a big smile on the kids' faces. One of my favorite things to do is to read books in the library."
"A childhood cancer diagnosis is devastating and no family is ever prepared for it. The Valerie Fund helped my family adjust to our new normal and continues to provide emotional support every step of the way. Everyone at the Valerie Center has made me feel like I am more than just a cancer patient to them. They always make the effort to know what's going on in my life so that they can get to know me as a person. I am currently in treatment so I will be interning at The Valerie Fund and taking online classes before attending the University of Maryland next fall."
"I love Camp Happy Times! I got to rock climb, swim in the pool and lake, go fishing and dance at the parties. The Valerie Fund worked hard to find a good chemo for me that would allow me to go to school and be with my friends. Mom says, 'Everyone is amazing! The support they provide to the family is genuine. They make you feel and show you that you are never alone. Everyone fights the fight with your child.'"
"Cancer sucks and The Valerie Fund saves lives! No matter what challenge we faced during treatment, we always faced it together. The Valerie Fund became part of our family. I'm all better now thanks to The Valerie Fund. I am playing football and hockey like I always wanted to do! One of my favorite memories is paddle boarding on the beach at Camp Happy Times."
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