One of the very best days of the year for the employees of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy is coming up. The annual Valerie Fund Walk and JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Run is on Saturday, June 9th at Verona Park and it always shows how gratifying it is to give back. This year the event is looking at the unbelievable goal of $1,000,000.
During the past six years, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy founder, John Gallucci, Jr. and his staff have made the Valerie Fund event one of the focal points of the year. Sure, it is a day to have a hot dog or slice a pizza with fellow employees, patients, family and friends along with some good exercise. But the most important thing for everyone is helping the kids – who are battling cancer and putting up a ferocious fight.
“There are many of us who are very fortunate to have healthy children in our family,” explained John, who has mobilized his staff, friends and family to help the cause again this year. “Cancer is a terrible disease and anything we can do to help these kids is very important to me. I am just so thankful for all of the support that has come from the JAG-ONE Physical Therapy family to help this very deserving cause.”
When JAG-ONE Physical Therapy first started with the walk and run, the Valerie Fund event made just over $50,000. With all sorts of help from a loyal army of supporters – the event will have raised over $650,000 before the first person runs or walks around the lake in Verona this year. It has shown that people can make a difference when everyone works together.
The Valerie Fund is a not-for-profit organization established in 1976 in memory of nine-year-old Valerie Goldstein by her parents, Ed and Sue. Families turn to The Valerie Fund because of the unique combination of medical care, counseling, and other services it provides. The Valerie Fund Children’s Centers comprise the largest network of healthcare facilities for children with cancer and blood disorders in New Jersey, and one of the largest in the nation. It hosts over 25,000 patient visits each year.
There are seven Valerie Fund Children’s Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders located in major hospitals in New Jersey, New York, and the Philadelphia area providing caring, comprehensive, state-of-the-art outpatient health care to more than 4,000 children and their families each year. This network means that sick children are able to receive care close to their homes. Before The Valerie Fund, many children—such as Valerie Goldstein—had to travel long distances because the treatment they needed was available only at major medical facilities located in large cities.
Everyone is invited to come out to the run and walk and enjoy a great day in the park while helping the kids. For additional information about the event, log onto www.thevaleriefund.org or ask a JAG-ONE Physical Therapy employee how you can help.