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Casino Night set for Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation

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SPECIAL REPORT: You can help find a cure for childhood brain cancer and support the families of kids who suffer from it by attending or buying an ad for The Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation‘s third annual Casino Night.

More than 10 children a day in the U.S. are diagnosed with brain tumors, a figure that those involved with the foundation are committed to changing.

The Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation was created in the spring of 2010 to honor the life and memory of a courageous 10-year-old from Oakland who died from a form of pediatric brain cancer called Medulloblastoma.

The non-profit group seeks to raise funds for research and to help families struggling with the costs of caring for a child stricken with a pediatric brain tumor.

The casino night was organized by Jim O’Connor, a security consultant and New Jersey State Police instructor who is Chris’s uncle and on the foundation’s Board of Directors.

This year’s event is set for March 14, from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.  at the Venetian in Garfield.

The foundation is reaching out to businesses asking for support and is seeking sponsors, as well as donated items for raffle prizes.

“We are looking for gift baskets, sport items, tickets to events and signed sports memorabilia,” O’Connor said.

There will be a buffet dinner and open bar, along with poker, blackjack, roulette, craps & Texas Hold ‘Em.

Individual tickets are $125, but table sponsorships are also available, as are journal ads ( CLICK HERE OR ON THE LINK BELOW ).

Each ticket also comes with $100 worth of gaming chips.

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  • 3,750 children each year in the U.S. are diagnosed with a brain tumor;
  • More than three-quarters are under 15;
  • The tumors take 130 forms;
  • Survivors suffer longterm side effects from treatment.

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After returning from a family vacation in August 2009, Chris began complaining of headaches. His parents took him to New York Presbyterian Hospital in August after an MRI found the brain tumor. He underwent aggressive radiation at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, followed by six weeks of chemotherapy at NY Presbyterian.

But the disease advanced, undeterred.

Chris was just as persistent, inspiring friends and loved ones with his zest and positive attitude and enduring the aggressive treatment with courage. Chris dreamed of one day being a star pitcher. So even though he was a Yankee fan, he went to Red Sox games while undergoing treatment in Boston.

“Even during his toughest moments, he displayed his sense of humor and wit and was an incredible source of inspiration,” says CBJOYOFLIFE.ORG . “He simply amazed his family, friends and hospital staff with his strength.”

Mary and Brian Brandle created the foundation the day after their son died.

Their vision is to honor his “incredible bravery and strength” by building the foundation into an organization that “truly makes a difference by funding the most valuable research and improving the lives of children and their families battling this disease.”

You can donate directly to:

Christopher Brandle Joy of Life Foundation
P.O. Box 354
Oakland, NJ 07436

INFO: Call (201) 774-7757

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