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Thousands Attend Annual Valerie Fund Run/Walk

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The annual Valerie Fund Run/Walk was held Saturday in an effort to raise money and support for children with cancer.

The organization helps families concentrate on the health of their child, instead of a lot of the logistics involved, CBS 2’s John Elliot reported.

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Thousands flocked to Verona Park in Verona, New Jersey to support the cause.

“Tom Ronan from Carney, New Jersey. I’m running for a young girl, Nicole, a cousin of mine had cancer. A survivor.”

Thousands Attend Annual Valerie Fund Run/Walk

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WCBS 880's John Metaxas reports

WCBS 880’s John Metaxas spoke with Ed Goldstein and his wife, Sue, who founded the charity.

“Sue and I just couldn’t be happier about the outpouring of people and if you look around here you’ll see people from all walks of life. All colors. All religions. All interested in one thing and helping getting rid of this hideous disease,” Goldstein said.

Valerie Fund Run/Walk held at Verona Park on June 14, 2014 (Credit: John Metaxas/WCBS 880)

Valerie Fund Run/Walk held at Verona Park on June 14, 2014 (Credit: John Metaxas/WCBS 880)

“These kids are my heroes. I can’t even imagine what they’re going through. Now, I’m going through it, and they kept me going the whole time! When I was doing my chemo, I had hundreds of kids texting me to get me through it,” Valerie Fund volunteer and cancer patient Bunny Flanders said.

Valerie Fund Run/Walk held at Verona Park on June 14, 2014 (Credit: John Metaxas/WCBS 880)

Valerie Fund Run/Walk held at Verona Park on June 14, 2014 (Credit: John Metaxas/WCBS 880)

The walk was color coded, Elliot reported. Yellow shirts were the tireless volunteers, who worked all year to get the event up and running. The blue, orange, and red shirts were the teams raising money. And most importantly, the green shirts were worn by cancer survivors.

This year’s event raised $1 million, Metaxas reported.

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