Valerie Fund Walk

John Metaxas/WCBS 880

The Valerie Fund Helps Teens With Cancer Reach Their College Dreams

June 05, 2018 - 2:56 pm

VERONA PARK, N.J. (WCBS 880)-- The Valerie Fund is a local organization, assisting thousands of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders in the New Jersey area.

WCBS 880’s John Metaxas spoke with two students whose studies were interrupted by cancer.

“It’s kind of hard being stuck at home after you get to go to college,” 19-year-old Joanna Horn told Metaxas. Horn was forced to take a medical leave from Rutgers University her freshman year when she was diagnosed with cancer.

In addition, 17-year-old Emmanuel Petty was forced to take a hiatus from his senior year of high school when he was told he had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“Going through chemo there wasn’t much work that I could get done for school wise,” Petty explained.

In these times of need, The Valerie Fund was there to support Horn and Petty.

The organization contacted Rutgers University and helped Horn receive a refund because of her inability to complete her scheduled credits.

“I’m very fortunate for what they’ve done for me,” Horn said.

In addition, it assisted Petty with applying for some of the $380,000 in scholarships The Valerie Fund offers.

“I know that they’re willing to do everything that they can to help me,” Petty explained.

With their treatments concluded, both hope to continue their studies in the fall.

This Saturday, June 9, the organization, which has been helping children since 1976, is holding its annual Valerie Fund Walk and JAG Physical Therapy 5K Run in Verona Park.

In 2017 Charity Navigator, the country’s largest independent charity inspector, named The Valerie Fund a 4-Star Charity, the highest rank possible.

Saturday’s walk kicks off at 9:30 a.m. For more information visit