Relay For Life

relay for life
Hey Joey’s Fund Supporters!  June begins the start of “Relay for Life” events nationwide.  Until participating in an event last year when we represented the JF organization, we really didn’t fully understand the origin of Relay for Life.  Read below to learn more about this most worthy cause doing their due diligence to bring awareness to the thorn in all of our sides – Cancer.

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Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day
Happy May! Have you been waiting patiently for all of those April showers to finally bring our May flowers?  Us too!  As we enter the month of May, I’m sure we’re also thinking ahead to Memorial Day weekend.  Where we’re going to be celebrating the holiday that unofficially kicks off the start to summer, what kind of food we’ll be grilling, praying for the best of weather.  What we often fail to remember while we’re eating burgers & enjoying the extra day off with family and friends is why exactly it is that we are able to celebrate Memorial Day.

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National Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness month – join Joey’s Fund in this opportunity to promote Autism awareness, acceptance & draw attention to the thousands facing an Autism diagnosis each year. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined as a complex developmental disability that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.  Many behaviors associated with Autism include delayed learning of language, difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation, etc.  Did you know that Autism is so widespread that 1 out of 68 children born in the United States are affected by this developmental disability?  Chances are, we have someone in our family/friends circle that has in fact been diagnosed with Autism.  It’s crucial for us to get together as a community and support all of those facing this diagnosis! Read more

Spring is in the air!

This past month, the nation’s most popular ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow which signals six more weeks of winter.  However, above-average temperatures dominated a large part of the US.  Spring is in the air! March 20 kicks off the Spring Equinox, and all of us at Joey’s Fund will certainly be welcoming the warmer weather with open arms!
 
In addition to the start of Spring, March also commemorates International Women’s Day St. Patrick’s Day, and Earth Day, to name a few.  Whatever the occasion, our team wishes you a month full of good health, happiness & lots of sunshine!  We’ll be busy getting our ducks in a row and beginning preparations for our next charity car show.  Stay tuned to our blogs each month leading up to our 3rd Annual Charity Car Show on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (rain date: 9/30) and feel free to reach out to us to find out how you can get involved

National Wear Red Day (AHA)

National Wear Red Day (AHA)

Did you know that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths of women each year, claiming the lives of one woman every 80 seconds.  Alarming, right?  We weren’t aware of these statistics either, but thanks to the American Heart Association, we’ve gained a wealth of knowledge through their “Go Red For Women” awareness initiative.  Go Red For Women takes place this year on Friday, February 3, 2017 for their 14th year! Let’s all participate and help to gain awareness for the fight against heard disease and stroke.  

To find out more about how you can help, please visit https://www.goredforwomen.org/.  We can’t stress enough how important it is to support our fellow advocacy groups, so we hope that we’ll have you along

Welcome 2017!

Welcome, 2017! A lot has happened this past year, and many are still feeling the aftermath of these events. Mainstream headlines would include the political earthquake that rocked our nation, terror attacks on preying on the innocent, the passings of David Bowie, Prince, and many more beloved celebrities, etc. While our world has suffered widespread and personal tragedy, we can only hope that we will move forward and in the direction of a more loving, compassionate and united human race.

January is the month of “resolution”. According to the dictionary, a resolution is sited as being the decision to do or not to do something. Let’s try to focus on what what we can do, rather than what we will not allow ourselves to. Personal growth is derivative of the goals that we set for ourselves while maintaining a positive and can-do attitude. So long as we strive to be the best version of ourselves that we possibly can be while putting our best foot forward, 2017 will be a great year us. Let’s make it one to remember!

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

The phrase, “home for the holidays” has very many connotations for everyone all over the world. For some, it may be driving up the coast to be with your family for Christmas. For others, it may be hopping on a flight to celebrate the New Year with beloved friends. Home for the Holidays in this instance, though, is all about active military men and women who are unable to connect with their family and friends during the holidays as they are serving our country overseas. All too often taken for granted is the freedom and homeland security afforded to us by these men and women dedicated to our country’s overall safety. To all of those sacrificing their lives every day to keep our freedom “free”, Joey’s Fund salutes you!

Home for the Holidays, a fellow 501c3, is on a mission to unite active duty military families who cannot afford the travel expenses necessary in order to be together during the holidays. This fund helps families make precious holiday memories reality for those whom normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to be with loved ones during their deployments. Home for the Holidays not only assists in reconnecting these families, but also covers their transportation, lodging, and food expenses. Since inception, Home for the Holidays has been able to unite 52 military families – a total of 137 individuals and counting! Kudos to the dedicated team for bringing our soldiers “Home for the Holidays”! To learn more about this non-profit, please visit www.homefortheholidays.org.

The Season of giving

toys for tots

Tis the season of giving! Our November blog post this month highlights the program “Toys For Tots” which is run by the United States Marine Corps to distribute toys to children whose parents cannot afford to go holiday shopping. Toys For Tots collects new and unwrapped toys during the months of October, November and December each year and provides them to the community in which the campaign is being run. Their very first year of origin was all the way back in 1947, where the first toy donated was a handmade doll – how cool! For more information on finding drop off locations, please visit www.toysfortots.org.

Joey’s Fund is committed to working hand in hand with various other initiatives that have such a profound impact on the health, happiness, and overall well being of our youth! We are in the process of partnering with Toys for Tots to become a distribution center; If you’re interested in donating toys for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, you may simply ship them or drop them off to us at 255 County Rd Tenafly, NJ. Should you be interested in pitching in further with some of our holiday fundraisers, please visit our various partner sites outlined below. The Team at Joey’s Fund wishes you and yours a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:
www.yankeecandlefundraising.com

Group #: 990082868

Pampered Chef Fundraiser:
www.pamperedchef.com/go/joeysfund

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer awareness month!  The NFL will turn pink for their crucial catch campaign , your Facebook feed will be full of pink ribbons and you will be seeing a lot of commercials and advertisements raising awareness for this disease.  All of these actions help to spread awareness of breast cancer, educate those unaware of its reaches and shine light on the importance of early detection.

According to the National Breast Cancer society, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That is a scary number! Want to know how you can help to bring this number down?

There are so many things that you can do to help this cause, here are just a few!

  1. Make a donation. Whether you have been touched personally or you know someone who has, you can make a donation in honor of a survivor, loved one or anonymously to help fund cancer research. Any donation amount helps!
  2. Volunteer! This month there will be plenty of events going on throughout New Jersey including breast cancer walks, charities and fund raisers. Donate your time and help the cause with your caring spirit.
  3. Share information. Help others understand that early detection is important, that there are treatment options available and that they are not alone! The National Breast Cancer Society has plenty of information that you can share on social media or in person right on their website.

Whether you donate money, time, or share information, any way that you can help support this cause will mean something to someone affected by breast cancer. We at Joey’s Fund will be doing our part this month to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and we urge you to do the same! Let’s work together to help bring the numbers of those affected down.

Smash Childhood Cancer!

Cancer Awareness

Time to mix up a batch of cupcakes, and join the social media challenge to smash away Pediatric Cancer! September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and to raise awareness for pediatric cancer, people all over are heading to social media with hashtag #smashingpediatriccancer. For this challenge you simply take a cupcake and smash it into the face of another person and nominate three other people to do the same.  How fun is that?

Joeys Fund was formed to support and raise money for those caring for children with childhood cancer. Our founders have experienced the struggle and stress of dealing with childhood cancer first hand and we love to see social media campaigns like this which raise awareness for these terrible diseases.

Today is the last day of September, from all of us at Joeys Fund we challenge you to get your cupcakes frosted and use the power of social media to spread awareness! Share your picture via social media using the hashtags #smashingpediatriccancer or #cupcakesforcancer. Tag us as well so that we can share your pictures even after September is over! Nominate 3 others to participate and let’s see how many we can get on the last day of September!

Check out this video of two children doing their part to smash out pediatric cancer!

Awareness for pediatric cancer doesn’t end in September; we’ve got a great event coming up in October to check out.  Joey’s Fund Charity Car show is a yearly event that we hold to raise money for Joey’s Fund to continue to help families struggling to care for children affected by cancer. Come and check us out on October 1st (Rain Date October 8th). Click here for more information!