Saturday, March 6, 2021
The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ 08873
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
On March 7, 2020 attendees, sponsors and volunteers brought hope to a vulnerable community that was vulnerable even before the pandemic that was soon to follow. (See pictures from the event.)
Those dealing with pediatric cancer are at risk because of a lack of funding towards a cure. Families dealing with DIPG, in particular, have few resources.
Only 4% of federal cancer research funding goes towards pediatric cancer.
In the last 20 years, only four cancer treatments have been specifically developed and approved for children.
The treatments for DIPG remain the same as they did for Buzz Aldrin's child in 1962.
With your help all this is changing. Between sponsorships, the night's appeal and donations, we raised $236,000!
Experts in the field believe that finding a cure for the biggest bullies, like DIPG, will lead to a homerun cure for all cancers.
In the words of our extraordinary, 2020 keynote speaker, 11-year-old Grace Eline, a brain tumor survivor:
"Your incredible generosity is able to help kids like me and those who are still fighting. Thank you for being here and listening to my story. Thank you for helping us make a difference and getting us closer to a cure!"
I recently heard this beautiful phrase: ‘We’re all just walking each other home.' If I heard this seven years ago, I would have been touched. Today, after trying to work through the grief of losing Brooke, it takes on a different meaning. Everyone has faced loss of some kind. We are not going to avoid all heartache in life nor should we. We need to live through it. Tonight, I want to tell you that I am here to walk you home, as a friend and as a mom. As a Foundation, we are here to walk with the kids we are helping. Even more importantly, they are walking us home. Thank you for walking with us.
2020 Casino Night Gala speech
Your donations go directly to help families dealing with pediatric cancer and supporting targeted research. Experts in the field believe that finding a cure for DIPG may lead to a cure for all cancers.