Passaic Community Rallies Around Local Family Dealing With Pediatric Cancer
Every year the Passaic County Board of REALTORS® (PCBOR) hosts REALTORS® Care Day, a statewide initiative organized in conjunction with the New Jersey Association of REALTORS®. The event strives to make life a little better for local homeowners who are in need of a helping hand. PCBOR members come together to put in a day’s work making home improvements like gutter replacements, landscaping and painting.
“REALTORS® Care Day, is a great opportunity for us, as REALTORS®, to show our communities that we are here not only to sell or purchase homes for them but to show that we are dedicated to improving our local neighborhoods as well,” Passaic County Board of Realtors® President Judy Mizzone said. “Not only is it a great cause but fixing our homes, parks and school grounds raises the value of properties, which is beneficial for everyone.”
This year, The Valerie Fund, an organization that has supported children with cancer and and blood disorders since 1976, reached out to nominate The Alamancar Family for this years REALTORS® Care Day. PCBOR frequently partners with The Valerie Fund and was immediately on board with the their suggestion.
The Alamancar family had been having a particularly tough time since their two year old daughter Carly began fighting cancer. Carly was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma in February and went through her second bone marrow transplant this past August. The family needed help with general property cleanup, landscaping, painting and repairs to their foundation and retaining wall.
PCBOR volunteers spent the day checking off tasks from the Alamanacar’s to-do list. They worked hard to deliver on every request the family had made. “My favorite part of the day was when the father came home and called his wife and daughter to show them the transformation of the front of house and the yard,” Mizzone said. “Seeing the smiles on their faces really did make all the hard work and labor worth it.”
REALTORS® Care Day is just one of the many events that PCBOR does to give back to the community. This past June they hosted a charity golf outing at the Black Bear Golf Course with proceeds of more than $10,000 going to The Valerie Fund.