About the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation

With over 30 years of experience, we have developed a proven method for delivering services to families with a child battling cancer.  Since our grassroots inception, we now have a statewide reach and provide free tailored assistance to over 2,000 families in need.


The mission of the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is to provide New Jersey families faced with pediatric cancer a place to turn for comfort and support through professional in-home counseling and a uniquely tailored package of assistance. We offer 24-7 counseling for the entire family, advocacy on behalf of the families with insurance companies, medical providers, landlords, etc.; material support such as food, clothing, toys, household items and birthday and holiday gifts; and emergency financial relief.

ECF is unique among the multitude of organizations focusing on cancer–while there are many searching for a cure for cancer and others that grant one-time wishes or provide support while in the hospital, we help families with their day-to-day needs, at home, where families feel isolated and miss the supportive network found in a medical setting. ECF recognizes that every one of our families has a unique experience so we offer a complete package of support tailored to each family’s needs.



  • In 2019-2020 ECF served 274 families all over New Jersey.
  • Caseworkers made 821 home visits and provided an additional 2,251 hours of counseling, at no cost to the families.
  • Regional Centers provided $193,938 in food and material assistance to families and collected and distributed $21,905 in gift cards.
  • 2,882 bags of groceries were delivered to families by volunteers from our four Regional Centers.
  • 321 birthday bags were sent to ECF kids and their siblings.
  • 330 holiday gift wishes were filled for ECF kids and their siblings.
  • We distributed $42,521 of emergency funding to families in dire financial situations, helping with expenses such as rent, phone service, medical equipment, gas and tolls, utility bills to prevent shut-off of services, and reimbursement for meals for parents who are with their child in the hospital.
  • Dedicated volunteers logged in an amazing 2,409 hours of invaluable help to the organization and ECF kids and families. We can’t do it without you!

Meet Emmanuel

On February 5, 1981, Emmanuel Vizzoni was diagnosed with Burkett’s lymphoma just weeks after his seventh birthday. Over the next two months, his parents, Joseph and Susan Vizzoni, alternated shifts at the hospital while their son endured grueling medical treatments. Sadly, on April 5 of that year, the lymphoma claimed Manny’s life, leaving his family to pick up the pieces.

Coping with their grief and explaining to their younger daughter why her brother had simply “disappeared” proved to be incredibly difficult for the Vizzoni family. At that time, medical treatments for pediatric cancers were developing rapidly; however there were large gaps in the emotional, spiritual, and financial support available for families. Susan reflects, “Joe and I came to understand—because we were running back and forth to the hospital while family members helped care for our daughter—that families with other circumstances must have an incredibly difficult time managing this. We realized that the best thing we could do to cope with our own loss was to start helping others in this situation.”

Meet Some Of Our Kids

Meet Michele

Meet Michele

Meet Michele Michele diagnosed with leukemia last spring, just prior to her 10th birthday.  She and her parents have had a lot of challenges coping with her diagnosis, the intensive treatment needed and the side effects of the chemotherapy used for her regimen....

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Meet Tony

Meet Tony

Meet Tony For most kids, starting 7th grade is just a normal ending to summer. But for 12 year old Tony Salerno, it is a big deal. When he was only two and a half, Tony was diagnosed with Stage 4, high risk Neuroblastoma—just two weeks before his little sister...

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Meet Isyss

Meet Isyss

Meet Isyss When Isyss was going through chemotherapy and radiation to treat her Leukemia, she was very worried about losing her hair and concerned that it would never grow back. Though she did experience hair loss during her many years of treatment since her diagnosis...

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Our Locations


77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323
Fax: 732-943-7529

Joann Passantino
Executive Director, ext. 16

Victoria Aronoff
Development Director, ext. 15

Trish Picone
Accountant, ext. 12

Gloria Pocchio
Office Manager, ext. 10

Central Regional Center

77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323 x17

Barbara Kopel
Sr. Central Regional Director

Southern Regional Center

451 Beech Ave.
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(856) 853-4803

Mary Ann Sullivan 
Southern Regional Director

Eastern Regional Center

1710 Highway 71
Suite 2
Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 282-2324

Rosemarie Contreras
Eastern Regional Director

Northern Regional Center

174 Paterson Ave.
PO Box 212
Midland Park, NJ 07432
(201) 612-8118

Inessa Rome
Northern Regional Director

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law.  

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ECF has helped me tremendously with the support of my Caseworker, Eileen, as well as the volunteers with the holiday wish lists and in making sure Ty had a wonderful birthday every year. And when times were really hard, ECF helped out with meals and food. I don’t think I would have made it through without having to talk to someone who understood. Thank you ECF

Theresa Godfrey, Ty’s mom