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Diaper drive highlights Middlesex group’s Mother’s Day outreach

Many young families in New Jersey can be categorized as being in "temporary distress" — they have perhaps one child, but the mother is unable to return to work, or either she, the child's father, or both have lost their jobs.

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James Volpe Golf Classic
Photo courtesy of The James Volpe Foundation via Facebook

Annual charity golf outing changes venue, to expand reach into Monmouth

The James Volpe Foundation Golf Classic is heading toward its sixth annual tee time next month, but the fundraiser in memory of a Jackson teenager who tragically died in 2011 will have a new address this year.

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4,000 people in NJ are waiting for transplants — These runners hope to save their lives

Last year, we told you about the impact the New Jersey Sharing Network has had procuring organ donations from the Garden State's 14 northernmost counties. That effort is continuing with the group's yearly series of 5K run/walks.

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Tour de Franklin 2016
Photo courtesy of Franklin Food Bank

Franklin Food Bank brings cycling fundraiser back for 28th year

The ride offers a scenic tour of Franklin Township.

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Ronstin and Eva Smith
Ronstin and Eva Smith (Photo courtesy of Laura Eye)

‘Metal for Life’ to be held in Eva Smith’s memory, raise money for suicide prevention

A friend of New Jersey musician Ronstin Smith, who lost his teenage daughter to suicide last December, is organizing a fundraiser that will take Ronstin's passion for music and use it to help ease his and others' pain.

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McKenzy Hupke
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Fighting cancer, Jersey Shore teen still able to use talents to help others

It has been a long four years for McKenzy Hupke, who has spent most of her time as a teenager battling obstacle after obstacle, but never losing sight of the gifts she has to offer the world — especially in her home state.

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Stop the Heroin
Photo courtesy Stop the Heroin via Facebook

One year after son’s death, NJ couple heads thriving anti-opioid group

Last Easter morning, Bill and Tammy Schmincke found their son Steven, who had struggled with opiate addiction for the past four years, unresponsive in their home. They do not want their son's story to be swept under the rug.

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Anya LeFrancis
Anya LeFrancis (Photo courtesy of the LeFrancis family)

Bone marrow match needed for NJ girl whose leukemia relapsed

When Anya LeFrancis was in kindergarten, she was diagnosed with leukemia. She responded well to initial treatments, but now Anya's illness has relapsed, and she's in the fight of her life.

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Perth Amboy-area partnership seeks to improve prenatal care

A $28,000 March of Dimes grant for the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center will help to realize the common goals of ensuring proper prenatal care for healthy pregnancies, reducing pre-term birth rates, and providing support for Central Jersey families.

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Mikey Wojcik and his dad
Photo courtesy of Indira Wojcik

In memory of dad, NJ boy raising money for toys for kids with cancer

Two years ago, Mikey Wojcik's father succumbed to cancer. Now 11-year-old Mikey is hoping to help children diagnosed with the disease.

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