Recently, two real estate organizations in New Jersey combined their efforts to assist children suffering from cancer and blood disorders. Many members of the Passaic County Board of Realtors and the North Central Jersey Board of Realtors pledged to donate $50 from the sale of every house this summer to the Valerie Fund, an organization serving New Jersey children with cancer and blood disorders. The participating real estate brokers and agents hope to raise funding for the charitable organization.
The Valerie Fund began in 1979. The nonprofit organization, named in honor of Valerie Goldstein, who passed away at the age of 9, seeks to assist children afflicted with blood disorders or cancer. The organization today maintains seven centers for pediatric patients in major medical facilities. It furnishes services to more than 5,000 patients and their families. The Valerie Fund offers health care services and sponsors a summer camp for young cancer patients. The organization donates roughly 80% of all revenues to programs designed to assist children.
The efforts of the New Jersey real estate professionals who contribute funds through September, 2016 to the Valerie Fund may make a significant contribution to the organization’s goals. Bunnie Flanders, a marketing director at the Valerie Fund, reported that if only 10% of the agents in the participating real estate Boards join the fundraising campaign, the organization expects to raise a quarter of a million dollars this summer to assist pediatric cancer and blood disorder patients and their families.