“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” –Christopher Reeve

Little Leslie is as beautiful as she is brave, enduring so much more than a 19 month old should while remaining joyful and smiling. Leslie was diagnosed with cancer last August when she was 10 months old. Since then she has had numerous hospital stays—some planned and others for sudden health emergencies–and many side effects from her chemo treatment. Her mom, who is raising Lesly and four other children (and a new grandchild) on her own, had to quit her job when Leslie got sick because of the 24/7 care Leslie requires and all her treatments and doctor appointments. ECF has helped the family by offering counseling to the mom and providing financial assistance for household bills.  The whole family is staying positive, despite the stresses of the disease and now the pandemic.

Kids like Leslie are our heroes because they show amazing strength and resilience in the face of cancer. They inspire us every day to keep working to be a beacon of light for them and their families.

Additional Newsletter Articles

ECF Families Treated to Delicious Restaurant Meals!

ECF Families Treated to Delicious Restaurant Meals!

In May, the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office (BCPO) and Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association 221 (PBA) delivered fresh, hot meals from Caffe Anello in Westwood to some of our local ECF families! Chef Johnny from Caffe Anello and the PBA (both pictured here preparing...

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Volunteer Story: Kay O’Connell, 41 Years of Service to ECF

Volunteer Story: Kay O’Connell, 41 Years of Service to ECF

​Giving back is what motivated Kay O’Connell to begin helping out at the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation’s Northern Regional Center.  Kay, 89 years young, wears many hats; wife, mom of 4, grandmother of 9, teacher and ECF volunteer for the past 31 years.    Kay’s service...

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Delight’s Journey

Delight’s Journey

The word “delight” means happiness, joy. Thirteen-year-old Delight lives up to her name, finding happiness and joy despite the challenges of her cancer journey. Delight was diagnosed with leukemia at age nine, two years after her family’s move to NJ from abroad....

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Nicole is Doing Great!

Nicole is Doing Great!

​We love success stories, and Nicole is one of them. She is a healthy 18 year old who is about to graduate from high school. But 15 years ago, Nicole wasn’t so healthy. She was diagnosed at age three with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and had to endure grueling chemo...

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TJ: Just a Kid

TJ: Just a Kid

Thirteen-year-old TJ is not especially anxious about the Corona virus pandemic. Unfortunately, isolation, fear and uncertainty aren’t new to him. Since his diagnosis of leukemia four years ago, TJ spent a lot of time quarantined from the outside world in the hospital...

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

Joann Passantino
Executive Director, ext. 16

Victoria Shestack Aronoff
Development Director, ext. 15

Trish Picone
Accountant, ext. 12

Gloria Pocchio
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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



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