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Fundraiser to benefit the Valerie Center and the Foley PICU at Goryeb Children's Hospital
On December 13, 2017, our then 6-year old son, Jack Farina, was diagnosed with leukemia. In an instant, our once-perfect life was changed forever. Our beautiful, smart, funny and athletic son had cancer. The palpable fear, confusion, despair and anger that we experienced, to this day, remains unexplainable. It was like an alternate reality. A living nightmare. All your hopes and dreams crushed. Life would never be the same.
In those dark early days, we were blessed to have the great wisdom and support of the pediatric oncology team at Goryeb Children’s Hospital’s Valerie Center in Morristown, NJ, to guide us. The expertise, compassion and dedication of this group of professionals is beyond reproach. Many families in our situation need to travel and/or even relocate to get the specialized care they need for their cancer kid. In our case, we are so grateful that the Valerie Center is less than a 10-minute drive from our home. The fact that we have this place has enabled us to maintain a sense of "normalcy" for Jack without requiring him to uproot his life. He is surrounded by his friends and loved ones constantly.
Today, 16 months after his diagnosis, Jack is thriving.
e serves as a beacon of hope for other kids at the Valerie Center. Jack has maintained a quiet confidence throughout the course of his treatment protocol. His remarkable bravery and toughness has been inspirational, not only for other kids, but for us as his parents, and the entire staff at the Valerie Center. Jack has opted to receive his spinal taps awake, without anesthesia. He decided on his own to have his chest port removed and receives needle IV chemo treatments without complaint or fear. He has been blessed with an impenetrable positive demeanor which has greatly guided him even through the most intense parts of his protocol.
Last spring, the most challenging phase of Jack's treatment coincided with the start of his Little League baseball season. Our baseball team came together and ran a gift card fundraiser to benefit the kids and families being treated at the Valerie Center.
We raised over $6,000 as a result,
read that story here
This was accomplished with very little promotion.
This year, we would like to do more. I am asking you to help us.
Every time that Andrea, Jack and I visit the Valerie Center for a scheduled treatment, we witness families and children who are struggling with various forms of cancer. It's devastating. We cannot sit by idly and watch when we are able to help. We firmly believe that we've been chosen to go through this ordeal to help others. Many families are financially compromised. Single parent households, or families that have multiple children to care for. The economic and emotional toll of having a child with cancer is significant. Many families drive one to two hours to reach the Valerie Center. Quite often, at least one parent needs to leave his or her job to dedicate the time necessary to be there for his or her child. Others depend on the generosity of others. Raising funds to convert to smaller denomination gift cards is an effective way to help these families. Last year, we converted the money raised into gift cards for gas, groceries and meals. Also, gift cards are awarded to kids when they complete a treatment. It brings a smile to their faces to get an Amazon, Target, Xbox, card, etc.
The Valerie Center is a busy place, with close to 4,400 outpatient visits and 350 inpatient admissions for 1,900 inpatient days each year. This fundraiser will make a difference. Goryeb Children’s Hospital is currently raising funds for a much-needed renovation and expansion of the Valerie Center and the Foley PICU. Part of the funds raised will also fund this initiative.
Last September, I made a speech at Goryeb Children’s Hospital to help raise money for this expansion.
Click here to listen to my speech
Help us make a difference. If you are not able to financially contribute, then the next best thing you can do is SHARE THIS FUNDRAISING LINK among your social network, family, friends, etc. Help spread the word. Also, for those of you who work at larger corporations, it would be impactful if you could ask about a corporate match. Andrea and I will be matching the first $1,500 raised.
To donate, please click ‘Make a Contribution’
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Lastly, the day before Jack was diagnosed, we also weren't the parents of a child with cancer. We are no different than you. Please support this initiative. It's going to directly and tangibly benefit those going through the worst, most frightening experience that any family can go through.
Love, Nick & Andrea Farina
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Thank you for sharing your story and for everything you have done to support Goryeb Children's Hospital!
For the kids and families in the fight and dedicated oncology team at the Valerie Center. This place is doing God's work. Thank you for saving my son's life. We will never know how to truly repay you.
Chris & Kristan Sands
Jack is such an inspiration to us all! Through it all, he always has a smile on his face! Such a sweetheart! Love what you are doing to give back to the Hospital and all of the families!
Happy to support your efforts!
On behalf of our grandson, Jack Farina, to help other children with cancer.
Love and prayers always! Karen and Frank Aversa
Love you my Jack. ❤️ You make us all so proud. Love, Aunt Melin
Matteo Dalla Rovere
Sending all of our family's love and strength to Jack and your family, and all other families that are fighting this battle!
Go Jack! Thank you for continuing to inspire us all.
Love Andy Breckman & Beth Landau
Get 'em Jack!! -The Karounis Family
David & Amanda McLoughlin
Jack, your strength is an inspiration to all of us! Keep smiling sweet boy!
Grandma Roberta & Grandpa Rick God choose our amazing warrior grandson Jack, you Andrea, and Nick to be an inspiration and the giver of support to other children and their families facing cancer. God bless the Goryeb Children’s Hospital at the Valerie Center and their staff for being so caring & true advocates for all these beautiful children and families. We are proud of all of you. God will continue to bless Jack and you both.
Dear Andrea, Nick and Jack, Your strength and courage inspires me everyday. Your all in my prayers, Patty Kennedy and Family
Morgan & Aimee Crooks
Paul & Dana Patella
With grateful appreciation for what the Valerie Center and Foley PICU have done for Jack, our Charlotte and all of the other children facing a variety of challenges
To my third little love bug.... your strength and courage never cease to amaze us. We love you. Love, Aunt Emily, Uncle Nick, Nicholas and Olivia
In honor of Nick Farina and his amazing son Jack.
Andrea Lucio Mieles
Good luck God Bless Jack you are our Hero!! Love, Annette and Norman
Jack you are an amazing young boy ! Ourlove &!prayers are always for you ! God bless the Valerie center & their amazing staff Love Richard & Lois Libretti 😘
Jack, my prayers are with you and all the children with leukemia always. You are amazing. Melissa Lanza
Looking great Jack!
We are so proud of Jack's strength and ongoing progress!
Great fundraiser! #teamjack
You guys are the Bestest!! Love how you send help to so many. Keep up the Great Work you do. Love Ya Uncle Sal
John and Jennifer Dickinson
Sending love to Jack and the family, and the kids fighting for cancer. xxx
Robert H Bram
In life, it is so easy to take things for granted. The hustle and bustle of day to day events can consume our time and we tend to forget the simplest things like taking a moment to help others. Our children mean everything to my wife and I, and when i hear what Nick Farina, his wife and his beautiful son Jack are going thru, it breaks our hearts. May God look over their entire family and the other families like the Farina's and give them the strength to get thru this. I hope & pray that our donation and all the donations from all the other good people who take a moment to reflect and give to this wonderful cause, will help make a diffidence. We wish Jack and all of these beautiful children a speedy recovery and a wonderful life. With our love , Robert & Chela Bram
God Bless Jack and all other children fighting for their Life
Jack's strength and perseverance throughout all of this is truly inspiring. I'm happy to contribute to a meaningful cause!
Dear Roberta & Joe, God is watching over Jack; keep praying as we will for Jack.
Anything for Nick and Jack
Hi Jack, Your strength and your courage is really inspiring for everybody. Keep being so strong. All the best to you and your family, Caroline, Andrea,Matteo and Marco
Brian, Tina & Brian Jr Monaghan
Way to make a difference, Farinas! Hooray for the Valerie Center!!
Joseph & Roberta Maida
For our grandson Jack
Andrea and Nick, Happy to help in Jack's behalf. Guy
In support of the Farina family and this great initiative!
In support of all children fighting cancer and in honor of Jack Farina , an inspiration to all! Paula and Dan Chapman
Vanessa Dos Santos
Andrea & Nick, Your strength and commitment is inspiring and a lesson to us All. Jack is very lucky to have you as parents. Please accept this small contribution from the bottom of my heart. Vanessa
Our thoughts are always with you.
We are grateful to know Jack, he is such an inspiration!. This center is truly amazing, we are so thankful that it exists and helps kids like Jack every day.
Eva De Jesus
Laura San Miguel
All the best to Jack and the whole family!!
Thank you for doing this! Xoxox Kirstin, Tim, Seton and Riley
Sorry that I missed the first email, we were travelling and didn't notice it. Thanks for the reminder. May God bless everyone.
I'm in awe of your grace! Always have you all our thoughts and prayers, Dawn & Rich (and James)
ANDY S LEW
For Team Jack.
Andrea, Nick and Jack...The Blee's are with you. God bless your family.
From Jihra Gavilnes and Nina Lucio-Mieles
With our gratitude and love in honor of our nephew Jack
TJS 4th grade Girl Scout Troop 6275
The TJS Jaguars are rooting for you Jack! Abigail, Caitlin, Cecilia, Fiona, Georgia, Grace, Leah, Lily, Lizzy, Lorelei, Margo, Molly, Nena, Nicole, Riley & Samantha
Go Jack! See you at TJS!
Chris and Roberta Rickli
Jack, you are an inspiration to us all!
Nick, Andrea and Jack, Our hearts are with you, cheering you on and sending strength!
You inspire us! Sending you lots of love - The Beeson family.
Jack is such an inspiration to all of us!
Charles and Diana Cacciatore
Amazing! And best wishes. Anthony Allocco
The Pappa Family
Amazing story and purpose. Prays for Jack and all children fighting cancer!
Good luck hope you reach your goal. Karen and Howard Cohen
Linda and Darren Tapp
The Luxury Family is here to offer its support for this very worthy and sentimental cause.
Its my honor to support this worthy cause and help others in need.
When I told Caroline about the fundraiser, she happily emptied out her wallet and gave me $38 to contribute to the Center for taking such good care of Jack. We pray for Jack and your whole family all the time and are inspired by how strong and brave he is (and both of you are too). We are grateful to have such close friends and are always here for you. Love, the Willecke's
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