Monday, March 12, 2012
Fighting Children's Cancer Foundation will host its annual gala this month; Sydney Becker to be honoree.
The Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation will hold its 10th Annual Gala at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston on Saturday, March 24. Proceeds from the event — the organization's largest fundraiser of the year —will enable the group to continue its efforts to provide direct financial assistance to families of children afflicted with cancer. This year, the organization will honor Livingston resident Sydney Becker. Since the discovery of a rare form of bone cancer in her leg in January 2011, Becker has endured endless tests, surgery and nine months of chemotherapy. Despite her battle, Becker has displayed an inspiring positive attitude. She and her family have remarkably found the time and energy to help others, managing to assist in the …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Annual fundraiser created by former Livingston resident raises thousands for cancer research.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Michelle Lee
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Livingston residents are putting their best legs forward on Saturday afternoon. That's when the Livingston Township Senior and Community Center will become home to Cycle for Survival, an annual fundraiser that supports research for rare cancers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York City. The fundraising cycling event was created in 2007 by former township resident Jennifer Goodman Linn. Linn was an award-winning motivational speaker and marketing strategy consultant who died last summer after battling sarcoma for six years. The fundraiser - which has been held in New York, California and other states - has generated more than $15.6 million and supported 25 research studies, according to the Cycle for Survival website. This year's cycle…
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Join us for an inspirational spin in memory of Jennifer Goodman Linn.
Cycle For Survival 2012 is underway! For those of you who don't know, Cycle For Survival is a charity that raises money for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering, the hospital I go to. Cycle was started 5 years ago, by my friend Jen Goodman Linn while she was fighting cancer herself.Amazingly, Cycle has already raised $9 million in that short time. Sadly, Jen lost her seven-year battle with cancer almost three months ago. This year we're determined to make Cycle bigger than ever. The idea is simple. Jen was a spinning enthusiast, so people gather in small teams to spin for a little while, and people donate to their team. There are Cycle events in February in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington DC, Long Island, and even …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Sydney joins camp friends in Central Park to re-enact record for longest childhood cancer ribbon.
Editor’s Note: In Central Park on Wednesday -- in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month -- Sydney Becker joined friends from Camp Simcha in reenacting the World Record for the Longest Childhood Cancer Ribbon. Click on the YouTube video at right to see the winning moment. Tissue alert: These children and teens are most definitely golden. Sydney, 13, is nearing the end of chemotherapy. Here's an excerpt from her latest journal. So yesterday I did my last doxorubicin ever! In a sense, I'm two thirds of the way done. My protocol had 3 types of chemotherapy in it: cisplatin, doxorubicin, and methotrexate. And I already had my last of cisplatin and doxorubicin. Now just two more rounds of methotrexate, and that's it! Forever! The last time …
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Fall tournament is a first for girls softball program.
Player’s Note by Sydney Becker: My Thunder softball program is hosting a tournament at our fields. It's called the Fall Thunder Rumble. Friday was the first game. We played Roseland, and won 5-4. It was a very exciting game. It was so cold! How much I dislike cold weather, I don't think I can put it in words. Since it was so cold, after the game we went to Dunkin Donuts. The apple cider was really good. I recommend it. The tournament continues tomorrow, and finishes on Sunday. (You can read Sydney's journal here). The Livingston National Little League & Softball’s Thunder Travel Softball Program is hosting a softball tournament this weekend at the Livingston National Little League complex for girls fast-pitch softball teams, ages 10 & …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sydney encourages us to rally around Pediatric Cancer Month.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sydney Becker
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Editor’s Note: Sydney Becker, a Heritage Middle School 8th grader, was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. She’s determined to kick this cancer, her courage shining in her journal. Sydney writes on CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit organization that provides free websites to help family and friends share information and support. (You can read Sydney's journal here). Today, Sydney encourages us to rally around Pediatric Cancer Month as she describes her latest round of chemo and physical therapy. Pozdrav. moj ljubimac paun out je košenje na travnjak u žutom ronjenje odijelo. In case you are not fluent in the language, I just spoke to you in Croatian. I said, "Hello. My pet peacock is out mowing the lawn in a yellow scuba diving suit." Today was …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Checking in with Sydney and her best day ever.
Editor’s Note: Sydney Becker, a Heritage Middle School 8th grader, was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer. She’s determined to kick this cancer, her courage shining in her journal. “When people ask me how much time I have left until I'm done (with chemo), it seems so strange to say ‘Just 6 weeks.’ It always seemed like the days were longer, the time passed so slowly, and the end was so far away,” Sydney writes in Tuesday’s journal. “Now the end seems so close, and I'm so anxious to get there. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, and it is certainly not a train heading my way.” Sydney writes on CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit organization that provides free websites to help family and friends share information and support. (…
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Dramatic lightning inspires photo and a teen to write about nature's fireworks.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Keli Dougherty, of Ridgewood, had her camera ready at just the right time on Thursday night, and she was able to capture one of Zeus' bolts over the backdrop of the village. Closer to home, 13-year-old Sydney Becker describes the view from her bedroom window. More storms are predicted for Saturday. A lightning and thunder storm started a little while ago and it's SO COOL! My favorite part about my room is that the wall facing the backyard has a big window, so whenever there are storms like this I have the best view of them. I've been watching the storm for quite some time now. I closed all my doors and turned off all the lights, and just stared out my window. There's so much lightning, and it's so cool to watch because it …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
In her journal, 13-year-old Sydney Becker writes: ‘I'm living another year of my life, and becoming a teenager, and I will celebrate it.’
Since we last checked in on Sydney Becker she has celebrated her Bat Mitzvah and continues her rounds of chemotherapy in her fight against a rare form of bone cancer. She attends classes at Heritage Middle School when she is able and undergoes extensive physical therapy after surgery that removed much of her tibia (shinbone) and knee to get rid of the tumor. Earlier this spring, she brought the whole community together for a fundraiser for pediatric cancers. Sydney writes about her battle and recovery in a daily blog on CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit organization that provides free websites to help family and friends share information and support. You can read Sydney's journal here. Today Sydney turns 13. With permission, we’re sharing a …
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sydney Becker receives good reports after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor.
Nurses tell Sydney Becker, a Heritage Middle School seventh grader, she is the easiest patient on the floor. Just over a week ago, Sydney underwent an 8-hour surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York to remove a cancerous tumor. Doctors removed much of her tibia (shinbone) to get rid of the tumor and replaced it with a titanium rod. They also removed her knee and replaced it with an artificial one. Days earlier, more than 1,000 people in Livingston joined her on the Oval to raise $30,000 to fight pediatric cancers. Sydney has been writing every day on CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit organization that provides free websites to help family and friends share information and support. (You can read Sydney's journal here). This…