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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Powerhouse Charities Join Forces for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Former Vice President Joe and Dr. Jill Biden of the Biden Cancer Initiative (BCI), two-time Super Bowl winning coach and Executive Vice President of Operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars Tom Coughlin of the #HipNJ-based Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation and Grammy Award-winning band Imagine Dragons of the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) have joined forces to deliver a powerful public service announcement (PSA) in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September.

Approximately 15,000 people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – that’s 43 children diagnosed with cancer each day. Cancer does not discriminate and its impact has been felt in every community across the U.S. leaving a devastating emotional and financial toll on the families tackling the disease. The founders of each of these nonprofit organizations, BCI, the Jay Fund and TRF, have each been touched by cancer’s devastation having walked the journey with a child, a loved one, teammate, fan or friend

In coming together, the groups hope to generate greater awareness and support for families. In a joint statement, the group appeals to the public to join their cause: “In the spirit of Beau Biden, Jay McGillis, Tyler Robinson and all the courageous young people who have fought this disease, please help us make this month matter by supporting those who need it most. No one should fight childhood cancer alone.”

Beginning September 1, the PSA will be played on television outlets and in sporting venues across the nation. In addition to making a donation to BCI, the Jay Fund or TRF, there are other practical ways for individuals to support families and get involved in the cause including volunteering with a local pediatric cancer nonprofit.

BCI, the Jay Fund and TRF each fill separate, yet critically important, missions in supporting childhood cancer. BCI is accelerating progress in cancer research and care, making more therapies available to more patients, while working to detect and prevent the disease. The Jay Fund has touched more than 5,000 families through their cancer journeys providing more than $10 million in financial assistance to families in northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. Since its inception just five years ago, TRF has raised in excess of $5.5 million to support more than 500 families across the U.S. battling childhood cancer by providing grants to offset the many unseen costs associated with treatment.

For more information or to learn how to get involved, visit BidenCancer.org, TCJayFund.org and TRF.org.

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NY Giants Captain Zak DeOssie & the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

By: Lisa Marie Latino

As far as #HipNJ men go, New York Giants captain Zak DeOssie is the complete package!

We recently chatted with the Summit resident about his involvement with The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, a non-profit charity whose mission is to BE THERE for families battling childhood cancer with financial, emotional and practical support.  The two-time Super Bowl champion recently participated in a heart-warming hospital visit, and we got to speak with him about that day, his love for charity work and living in the Garden State!

HipNJ: Hi Zak! It’s a pleasure to speak with you and thank you for all the great memories you have given Giants fans around the tri-state area for the past decade. Let’s talk a little bit about your newest memory you have given a very special group of people.

Zak DeOssie: Thank you for the kind words. I was so honored to have spent part of my Valentine’s Day at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center to help spread some holiday cheer to children who are unfortunately dealing with cancer. It was two hours of fun, games and treats. It was great to “be there” and give these families a break from all the heavy stuff.

HipNJ: Was there a particular moment of your visit that stood out for you?

ZD: There was a three-year-old who was absolutely inconsolable at first, but it felt really great to have calmed him down enough so he could enjoy the day. Having a toddler at home, I’ve become a bit of a pro at that!

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

HipNJ: Talk about your overall work with the Jay Fund.

ZD: When Coach (Tom Coughlin) calls, you pick up the phone. He has shaped me into the man that I am today, and I speak for thousands of others when I say that. He’s a true coach, a true mentor, and anything he and the organization needs I am there.

HipNJ: Why is it so important to lend your celebrity to causes such as the Jay Fund?

ZD: ::laughs:: I don’t know if I consider myself a “celebrity”! But anytime you are in the public eye, it is so incredibly important to give back. I feel so blessed to be in the position I am, and I want to make sure I use my responsibility as a professional football player for great causes.

In addition to the Jay Fund, I sit on the board of America Needs You, an organization that fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students. I also participate in the Newark Mentoring Movement golf tournament every year.

HipNJ: You are from Massachusetts but married a “Jersey Girl” and are now raising your family here. What was that transition like from New England to the Garden State?

ZD: ::laughs:: I waited until the very last second to change my driver’s license! But I started out in Hoboken and I got bit by the Jersey bug long and hard. I absolutely love it here. The people are great. The passion in the state, especially during football season, is infectious. I have totally embraced living in New Jersey!

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Credit: Peter Richter/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Children’s Hospital

The Impact Of Brangelina’s Divorce On The Children (HipNJ Exclusive)

By Kenneth Barilari

Since the news of Aneglina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s split broke, countless rumors have been flying speculating Jolie’s reasons for filing. This makes us over at #HipNJ wonder what this is like for the couple’s children. We spoke to Michelle Lodato, LCSW , licensed clinical social worker, about the effects of divorce on children, and the impact of being in the public eye.

On the impact of divorce on children:

“The impact of divorce on children depends completely on how the parents choose to parent at this time. Divorce itself doesn’t have to be completely life-altering if the parents can keep some consistency. They need to speak to each other to co-parent, and not badmouth the other parent, putting the child in the middle. That’s when issues will arise where kids will act out with bad behavior because they do not know what to do with that tension. So, it is really up to the parent to help the child so that divorce doesn’t have to highly impact them.”

On the differences that these children face because they are in the public eye:

“If rumors of police involvement are true, police and Child Protective Services would be questioning the children. This particular family has that, in addition to media. Now, more than ever, microphones and cameras are in their faces. It’s not going to be totally new, but there will be more. So, it is up to the parents to protect and shield them with co-parenting.”

On how to maintain normalcy with their jet-setting lifestyle:

“That’s all these children know. They don’t know typical suburbia life. All they’ve ever known is jet-setting, so communication is key to maintain their version of normalcy.”

On how divorce impacts young children vs. teenagers:

“Children don’t know what to make of the word “divorce.” It all comes back to the parents describing what the divorce will mean to them. If the parents have said, “You will now have two homes with two parents. We both still love you, we are both still here for you, and we will always take care of you,” then divorce doesn’t have to be a scary word. As children bring things up when they’re on their mind, parents need to respond accordingly. At any age, the children don’t need to know every dirty detail of the divorce, but they do need to be hearing reinforcement. With older children, you can expect more verbal conversation since they have the cognitive ability to verbalize their thoughts and feelings.”

On the impact of the press:

“Since they’ve always been in the press and public eye, children will be exposed to a lot of rumors. However, this is nothing new for the family. Hopefully the parents come together and present these things to the children long before they hit the public eye, so that they have heard firsthand what is going on and that their parents both still love them.”

On whether or not this could have been done differently to protect the children:

“At this point, there is so much speculation as to why she filed. If she filed to protect the children from him, she set a good example that domestic violence is not allowed. She would then be modelling for the kids that such behavior is not acceptable and you should not stay with someone who treats you that way, showing the kids, “This is not a healthy relationship and I’m ending it.” Angelina is showing the children that domestic violence is not okay and she is there to protect the children.”

We would like to thank Michelle Lodato for speaking with us and shining a light on the impact of divorce on children. Her private practice, Essex Counseling Center, is located in Millburn. She helps adults and children alike with struggles within their families, giving them the tools to cope in a healthy way moving forward.