We look forward to welcoming tennis enthusiasts from around the area at or our 9th Annual Serving Up Hope event. Please join us for doubles round-robin action, food, drinks, tricky tray auction and highlights of the Family Reach mission. Beyond being a great evening of friendly competition, the proceeds from this event will help families fighting cancer in our community.
7pm – Check-in Opens
7:30pm – Program Begins
8pm-10:45pm – Doubles Tennis Round Robin Play
10:45pm-11:15pm – Gift Basket Raffle Winners
11:15pm-Midnight – Open Tennis
This year we look forward to continuing a recent addition to the event with our Reach Athlete program. Reach Athletes raise money for Family Reach Foundation by asking friends, co-workers and businesses to sponsor them for this event. Family Reach will support you, promote you, and introduce you to some incredible families whose strength and courage will motivate you. We will provide you with a fundraising page and easy ways to share the mission of Family Reach with your contacts.
If you have questions about participating in the Reach Athlete program, please contact Cassie Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information, or to find out how you can become involved, please contact Marilyn Morello at email@example.com or by phone at 973.394.1411.
Brittany, Age 14
Brittany was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a form of leukemia more commonly found in older adults than in children. To add to their calamity, the family was displaced by a house fire in November 2012, a month after Brittany was discharged from the hospital.
Brittany’s intense treatment was beset with many complications and long inpatient hospital stays and it didn’t take long for the Santana family to feel the financial impact of the cancer storm. Neither Diana nor her husband Armando, both branch officers with an insurance company, were able to work for at least the first month of Brittany’s treatment which included four cycles of chemo. Her mom missed a lot of work during this time also, in order to be there for her daughter and the loss of income was significant. It took a while before the family accepted an offer of financial assistance from Family Reach but they were immensely grateful after they received a grant to assist with a mortgage payment. “It was a big relief because you can let these bills pile up.” said Diana.
Brittany has been in remission since August and is doing well. The Santana family is slowly but surely getting back on their feet financially as both Brittany’s mom and dad have been able to work regular hours the last few months. Though fears and anxiety about their daughter’s future health and well-being persist, the experience has also left them with a richer and deeper experience of everyday living.