Basketball Player Makes Dreams Come True For Pediatric Patients

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Patient Adam Bocnegro (center) is pictured with his parents, Jordan Farmar and Adam’s  brothers, Evan and Jonathan.

NEWARK—New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar and his mother, Mindy Kolani, are bringing Farmar’s “Making Dreams Come True” program to pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

During the Nets 2010-11 season, Farmar and mother will treat the children and their families to a special VIP experience at five Nets games at the Prudential Center. One child, along with his or her family, will be guests at each of the games. The program begins on Opening Night when the Nets hosted the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Oct. 27, with additional dates of Oct. 29 and Jan. 19, 21, and 22.

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In addition to purchasing six tickets for each of the games, the families receive round-trip car service, pre-game dinner at the Prudential Center, access to watch pre-game player shoot-around at courtside, a gift card for Nets store merchandise, and a post-game meet and greet with Farmar himself. Kolani will accompany the families throughout all of the pre- and post-game activities, as well as the game.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our young patients and their families to enjoy unprecedented access to players and NETS excitement,” says Joshua Rosenblatt, MD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’ Hospital of New Jersey. “We are grateful to the Farmer family for making dreams come true for our patients.”

In 2005, Farmar and his mother launched the “Making Dreams Come True” program while he was a star on UCLA’s basketball team. They continued the program while Farmar was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers from 2006-10. Now entering his first season with the Nets, Farmar and his mother bring this commitment to children with them to the Garden State.

“My mom and I are looking forward to giving these children and their families a memorable experience during a difficult time,” says Farmar. “We hope that everyone enjoys themselves at the games and that the children receive a much-needed boost. We are thrilled to bring our program to New Jersey and to help put a smile on the children’s faces.”

For more information on The Jordan Farmar Foundation, visit: www.farmargives.org .


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