About The Valerie Fund

Walk with The Valerie Fund June 8th

Ready to Raise More than $1,000,000 for the
8th Consecutive Year
Thousands of walkers and runners will meet at Verona Park on June 8, 2019 to support children with cancer and blood disorders

[May 24, 2019 Maplewood, NJ]- Planning is underway for the 2019 Valerie Fund Walk & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy 5K Run. The event will take place on Saturday, June 8th in Verona Park, a beautiful setting for a celebration of children in our community being treated for cancer and blood disorders. To learn more about the event and to register for the sanctioned 5K race and the Walk, go to or call The Valerie Fund offices at 973-761-0422.

Since 2006, the nonprofit organization's premier fundraiser has grown steadily---in attendance, number of donations, and sponsorship participation. On June 8th more than 4,000 people are expected to join several hundred Valerie Fund patients and families in recognition of their courage and to spread awareness of pediatric cancers and blood disorders. #Notallheroeswearcapes is the theme of this year's walk. So many have been touched in some way by the devastating effects of a life-threatening illness. The Valerie Fund invites everyone to come out on June 8th to walk and run in honor of your own hero – a child, family member, or friend that has struggled with cancer or a blood disorder.

Once again the course is flatter than ever before and runners will be able to record faster times. Please visit the Event Info tab at for a map of the new course.
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 metropolitan 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.
Community support continue to be the foundation of the Walk/5K Run's success as well as the grass roots efforts of hundreds of Walk Captains and their teams. The Valerie Fund takes great pride in sharing some of the major sponsors' names: Atlantic Health, RJW Barnabas Health, St Joseph's Health, Passaic County Board of Realtors, Cboe, Burger King, the Inserra, Saker and Village ShopRite families and JAG-ONE Physical Therapy, underwriter of the 5K Run.

Media support is provided by WCBS-TV 2 HD, WCBS 880, Outfront Media, Screenvision, and Clear Channel who donate on air public service announcements, radio spots, and billboards. Special Recognition goes to the County of Essex for their ongoing efforts to help make the day meaningful and memorable for so many. Free refreshments supplied by Dunkin Donuts, Herr's, Jersey Mikes, Chevy's, and Eppes Essen are donated for our runners and walkers to enjoy. Entertainment will include carnival activities, live music, and face painting. 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. 

For more information, please contact Bunny Flanders, Director of Marketing and Communications at

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