Students Raise Funds To Help Kids With Cancer

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ELIZABETH—Students from Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, along with faculty, staff and friends, walked three miles through the communities of Elizabeth and Hillside on October 7 to raise funds to help children with cancer.

The walkers donned sneakers, jeans and Benedictine shirts to mark the annual event. All wore yellow tags in the shape of stars and/or hearts which bore the names of cancer survivors or victims each walker wished to honor. The group enthusiastically wound its way through the Westminster section of Elizabeth, where the school is located, into Hillside and back. The Benedictine Academy Portuguese Club, moderated by Academy Business and Facilities Manager, Luisa Rodrigues, sponsors the annual event.

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Participants enjoyed a healthy walk on a windy but beautiful fall day, raising more than $1500 through pledges secured from family, friends and neighbors. Donations are still being received and will continue to be counted until the end of October. Proceeds from the event will be given to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation of New Jersey.

Barbara Kopel, Central Regional Director of the foundation, addressed the students prior to the walk. She explained that the Emmanuel Foundation provides services without cost for any family who has a child diagnosed with cancer. There are 245 New Jersey families currently being assisted by the Foundation; about 45 of those cases are in Union County. They receive food, holiday gifts, and counseling.

The foundation also strives to fulfill some of the wishes of the sick children. Professional caseworkers coordinate services, working with the family- children, siblings and caretakers- to help improve their quality of life as they struggle with the challenges of pediatric cancer. The foundation was founded in 1983 by Joseph and Susan Vizzoni, whose seven-year-old son, Emmanuel, succumbed to Burkett’s Lymphoma two years earlier.

Cancer Walk 1

Students at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth (pictured) walked three miles through the communities of Elizabeth and Hillside during their Annual Cancer Fundraising Walk on October 7. The young women raised more than $1500 which will go to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation of New Jersey to assist families struggling with pediatric cancer. The event was organized by the school’s Portuguese Club. Donations are still coming in and will continue to be counted until the end of October. Benedictine Academy is an all-female Catholic college prep secondary school.

Cancer Walk 2

Barbara Kopel (left), Central Regional Director of the Emmanuel Foundation of NJ, posed with Luisa Rodrigues of Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, after speaking to students at the school prior to their annual cancer walk on October 7. More than $1500 in pledges secured from family, friends and neighbors was raised by the students at the all-female Catholic college prep secondary school. Kopel thanked the young women for their efforts. She pointed out that the Emmanuel Foundation provides services without cost for New Jersey families who have a child diagnosed with cancer, in order to improve their quality of life during their crises. The event was organized by the school’s Portuguese Club, which is moderated by Rodrigues, who is Business Manager at the Academy.

Cancer Walk 3

Benedictine Academy junior Tyje Williams of Roselle (pictured) wore a yellow tag in the shape of a heart bearing the names of her grandmother and a family friend as she participated in the Academy’s annual cancer fundraising walk on October 7. Students at the all-female Catholic college prep secondary school in Elizabeth honored cancer survivors and victims during the event, which raised over $1500 in donations from families and friends. Students were joined by faculty and staff as they wound their way through the Westminster section of Elizabeth and Hillside for the three-mile walk. Funds will go to the Emmanuel Foundation of NJ to help assist families struggling with pediatric cancer.

Cancer Walk 4

Tom Randle (foreground, center, wearing white cap), a faculty member at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, was right in stride with the school’s students as they participated in a three mile walk to raise funds to help families struggling with pediatric cancer. The all-female Catholic college prep secondary school’s students, faculty and staff wound their way through Elizabeth and Hillside on a windy, but sunny fall day (October 7). More than $1500 was raised. Proceeds will be given to the Emmanuel Foundation of NJ, founded in 1983 by Joseph and Susan Vizzoni, whose seven-year-old son, Emmanuel, succumbed to Burkett’s Lymphoma.

Cancer Walk 5

Kenneth Jennings (left), Principal of Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, and Megan Rodriguez (center), Development Assistant there, didn’t mind a walk on a beautiful but windy fall day, as they helped guide students (right) from the all-female Catholic college prep secondary school during their annual cancer walk. The October 7th event helped raise over $1500 which will go to the Emmanuel Foundation of NJ to assist families struggling with pediatric cancer.

Cancer Walk 6

Faculty and students at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth were energized as they walked on October 7 to raise funds to help families of children with cancer. The school’s annual event yielded over $1500 in donations which will go to the Emmanuel Foundation of NJ. Students at the all-female Catholic college prep secondary school trekked three miles through the Westminster section of Elizabeth and Hillside. Donations are still coming in and will continue to be counted until the end of October. Pictured (left foreground and behind, on street, l-r) are faculty members Sister Lucy Hernandez, OSB, Eliseo Garcia, Jillian Blender and Amy Paul. Students are walking on sidewalk.


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