In 2010, Sherrie and Mike Wells lost their 2-year-old son, Brady, to non-differentiated acute leukemia. Brady was diagnosed with the disease when he was just 13 months old.
Motivated by their grief, the Wells started the Hugs For Brady Foundation in hopes of raising awareness for and advancing the fight against pediatric cancer.
At last January’s Winter Gala, a fundraising event held by the philanthropy, the foundation announced they would be donating $50,000 to help fund a new pediatric oncology/hematology Young Investigator’s program at the The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. They expect to donate another $50,000 from this year’s gala.
The gala, the third organized by Hugs for Brady, will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, from 6-11 p.m. at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick. Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for a table of 10. The event is black-tie optional and will feature presentation of the Hugs for Brady Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year Award to Mary Gondek, owner of Confectionately Yours restaurant on Route 27 in Franklin Park, and the Dr. Randy Siegel Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian of the Year Award to Valerie McRae, M.D.
Reservations can be made online at www.hugsforbrady.org or checks can be mailed to the Hugs for Brady Foundation, 4 Quentin Rd, Kendall Park, NJ 08824 (include all of the contact information for all of your guests (name, address, phone, and email). Out-of-town guests can take advantage of special hotel room rate of $99 by calling 732-729-4670.