This month’s Personal Impact Recipient is Lois Gottesman, the Procurement Manager in our New York office. She asked Fareportal to help her support The Valerie Fund.

Since 1976, The Valerie Fund has been providing individualized care via hospital-based programs to children with cancer and blood disorders, helping sick children and their families access comprehensive medical care as well as psychological, emotional and physical support. They have seven children’s centers in the New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia areas.

Lois chose this charity because Avia Bearg, a young cousin of hers, was helped enormously by this charity during her years-long struggle with cancer. Tragically she ultimately succumbed to this terrible disease in 2000, around her 18th birthday, just after graduating high school. She was a remarkable young woman.

Lois has been a donor since 2000 in memory of her young cousin.

There are many ways one can get involved – whether by donating money, or by volunteering time at their fund raisers or at their Camp Happy Times. Local annual events include the Valerie Fund Walk & JAG Physical Therapy 5K run at Verona Park in New Jersey. They also have an annual golf charity event in August and a Thanksgiving gala ball.