NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thousands of people are in Verona, New Jersey this morning lacing-up their sneakers for the annual Valerie Fund Walk.

Close to 3,000 participants are trying to raise a million dollars to help kids with cancer and blood disorders.

CBS 2’s John Elliott will walk and run to support the children and families of The Valerie Fund. CBS 2 is a proud media sponsor of The Valerie Fund Walk for the fifth straight year.

Come early for T-shirts, team photos, face painting, snacks and live music. Awards and prizes to be given at noon.

Proceeds from the walk will support comprehensive health care services for children with cancer and blood disorders. This has been the mission of the Valerie Fund since 1976 and is carried out in the seven Valerie Fund centers across New Jersey, New York, and Metro Philadelphia.

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