May 03, 2016
BENEFITING: Princeton Area Community Foundation, Inc.
ORGANIZER: Princeton Area Community Foundation, Inc.
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
Mileage Tracker: 300
Jake and Dad have always enjoyed racing together... ever since Jake's first race at the age of 3 (same year Dad completed an Ironman). Since then, we have an annual tradition to race in the local Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
But now, we're getting serious!!!
Alex, nicknamed "Champ," was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 15 years old. After being told there were no more treatment options, he moved many hearts with a simple request. He asked if we could help make the time teen cancer patients spend in the hospital a bit brighter, and bring attention to their unique circumstances.
The ALEXANDER MUÑOZ MEMORIAL FUND provides gifts and technology to the oncology unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where Alex was a patient, as well as the Valerie Fund Children's Center and the Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, where Alex was a volunteer. They provide laptops and tablets to help pre-teens, teens, and young adults maintain their social connections, keep up to date and complete schoolwork, watch movies, and play games while they are confined to the hospital. They also provide game systems to help distract these warriors from their discomfort and situation. Our Champ's fund also contributes to a social work oncology fund to help struggling patients' families with expenses such as gas, food, and medicine.
Cancer is the #1 disease killer of children. 1 in 5 children die from cancer, and 2/3 will develop complications from their treatments, including secondary cancers. Astonishingly, only 3 new childhood cancer drugs have been developed in the past twenty years.
Alex passed away on 11/11/2014 when he was only 16 years old. His hope was to help other teens and children battling cancer. Let's do it together! Join our team and fight for our kids...like a Champ! For more information, please visit www.alexmunoz.org