2012 BENEFICIARIES

CHAIN OF HOPE: Based in Hillsborough and founded when their dear friend Lisa Nawrotzki, a Hillsborough teacher and Mom of three, lost her battle with breast cancer. To honor Lisa, her friends carry on her legacy by supporting specific individuals and causes within Central New Jersey through fundraising efforts. Funds donated to Chain of Hope, Inc. will help provide peace of mind to local families during challenging times. Learn more about this wonderful organization, click here.

JAKE’S SNAZZY PISTOLS: Jacob Grecco, an incredible 8-year old from Phillipsburg was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive brain tumor. On August 1st, after a nearly 13-month courageous fight, he received his angel wings.   By his side the entire time, his family exhausted their paid time off and funded clinical trials outside the U.S.  All funds payable to Jake's Hero Fund will support the needs of his family during this difficult time. Read more about Jake's life.

CLAUDIA’S COURAGE: Claudia Arostegui of Weehawken was initially diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 26 and later given a clean bill of health. Claudia is now 34 year old, a single mother, and batting a more aggressive form of the same disease. Her oncologist has instructed Claudia to stop working, but she will lose her health insurance as a result. All funds addressed to Claudia Arostegui will assist in her in paying her exorbitant and overwhelming medical bills, and also relocate closer to friends who can help and her obtain the medical services she deserves. Learn more about Claudia's story of resiliency and pursuit for truth.

HEALING FOR HAYLEY: Sixteen months ago, Hayley Filippini of Readington Township, was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable and malignant brain tumor. After extensive treatment and in-patient hospitalization at CHoP, Hayley returned to school this past January and graduated with her eight grade class. Funds payable to Hayley Filippini will help the Filippini family offset the costs incurred during this time as well as burdens that lie ahead as they return to CHoP every three months for monitoring. Read about Hayley's journey here.

TEAM XTREME: Xavier Ross of Glen Ridge was born on May 28, 2011 with a portion of his heart under-developed and unusable. In his short life, Xavier has undergone two open heart surgeries and will have his final operation after two years of age. Xavier’s Mom had to quit her job to care for Xavier full time. His father works two jobs, neither of which provide medical insurance. Checks addressed to Jackie Ross will go toward the family’s co-insurance fees, medicine and home health care equipment. Xavier's amazing story here.

TEAM VICTORY: Celebrates the life of Basil Guirguis who received his angel wings on May 31, 2012 after a courageous 5 year battle with brain cancer. Due to the experimental nature of his clinical trials, a tremendous amount of Basil's medical costs were not covered by their insurance plans. Basil leaves behind a loving wife and two sons, age 2 and 6. Funds payable to Stacie Guirguis will help Basil's wife rebuild their life in Edison as their find their way through this difficult time, both financially and emotionally. Full story here.

LAURIE’S LEGACY: In 2009, 12 year old Stephen Wurst of Hillsborough lost his mother to breast cancer. Together with his grandmother, Donna Parlin, Stephen has raised funds to help those receiving treatment at the Steeplechase Cancer Center. Checks addressed to Somerset Medical Foundation will help offset the costs of unreimbursed medical costs for the families treated at this facility. Learn more about their family's dedication.

CANINE BATTLE BUDDIES: Based in Flemington, this program helps physically and emotionally wounded soldiers regain a sense of peace in their life. Funds payable to Canine Solider, Inc. will support the Battle Buddies program and help fund the first US Veterans Tracking Team. Read more here.