#HipNJ‘s own Lisa Marie Latino sits down with Isabella and Connie Masullo to discuss their participation in the 2018 New Jersey Walk to Cure Arthritis in West Orange. The event will be held at the Clipper Pavilion on May 5, 2018.
At the young age of three, Connie could tell that Bella had trouble walking. After seeing that her daughter was hesitant to put weight on her legs, she brought her for a medical assessment. From the initial round of visits and blood tests, they received a diagnosis of Lyme’s Disease for which Bella received a leg brace. Instead of helping little Bella, the brace made it worse and Connie insisted that she see another specialist. The Pediatric Rheumatologist finally diagnosed Bella with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis which Connie describes as “devastating”.
It took about eight months to find the right balance of medications, but with Connie’s perseverance and Bella’s inspiring attitude, they managed to find an answer. Connie describes the difference before and after proper medical intervention as being “night and day”. Bella now enjoys her dance competitions and a very active lifestyle.
The origin of this and other arthritic diseases is still unknown, with doctors and researchers working hard to find a cure. To help raise money for the cause, their team Bella’s Butterflies is participating in the 2018 Walk to Cure Arthritis. Bella will be handing out flyers at her school, Jefferson Elementary in Roxbury, to any enthusiastic participants.
Clara Maass Medical Center Foundation’s Golf Invitational took place at the Montclair Golf Club in West Orange on May 9. #HipNewJersey was there to give you an inside look.
HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino had the privilege of speaking with the man of the hour, former New York Giant David Diehl, about the event. “This isn’t about me,” Diehl said. “Everyone is out here for the single purpose of helping change people’s lives and changing the lives of children so they could still pursue their dreams and let them be kids again.” Diehl went on to say that the most rewarding thing in the world is “the impact that we will have on kids’ lives forever.”
Kevin Walter, former Houston Texan also came out to support. He expressed his excitement to “Have a good time, enjoy each other’s company, and raise money for a good cause and a good hospital.”
WABC anchor Ken Rosato expressed that Clara Maass Medical Center is “one of the best hospitals in the region.” It currently has the number one emergency room in the nation and is constantly expanding.
“When hospitals are closing down in urban areas all over the country, this hospital is growing,” Rosato explained.
He said that the hospital is a beautiful and vibrant place to go, encouraging those who have not yet seen it to visit.
“In the community, if you need something done, you go to Clara Maass,” Rosato stated. For more information on Clara Maass, head over to BarnabasHealth.org/ClaraMaass.
Chris Christie enjoyed a walk on Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights boardwalks. The New Jersey Governor celebrated the holiday weekend by taking pictures with citizens and taking part in some of the boardwalk games.
5,000 beach balls glided around Atlantic City Boardwalk in celebration of the start of summer
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Saturday, May 28th
The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park consisted of approximately 50 food trucks offering a variety of options for all attending. Some of the selections included pizza, cheesesteaks, hot dogs and sausage. For dessert, attendees enjoyed Coldstone Creamery, cheesecake and Italian ice.
Sunday, May 29th
The sky burst with radiant soaring kites for Wildwoods International Kite Festival, featuring competitions, kite auctions, and kite exhibits