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First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced her 33rd New Jersey Hero, Beth Stefannacci, who started Go4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation after her 13-year-old son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2006 and lost his battle with the rare bone cancer a year later. First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced that Drumthwacket, the Governor’s official residence, will be lit up in blue on March 21st to “Light the Way” to bring attention to Down Syndrome cognition research. First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names Melina Garcia of Union City Music Project as the 32nd New Jersey Hero Drumthwacket to “Glow Red” on February 6 to Recognize National Wear Red Day First Lady Mary Pat Christie named Rosemary Gilmartin as the 7th New Jersey Hero of 2014. First Lady Mary Pat Christie Announces Ornaments Created by Students at Camden’s UrbanPromise Academy to Adorn NJ 2014 Christmas Tree In Washington, D.C.
  • First Lady Mary Pat Christie Announces Go4theGoal Founder Beth Stefannacci Chosen as 33rd New Jersey Hero

    First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced her 33rd New Jersey Hero, Beth Stefannacci, who started Go4theGoal Pediatric Cancer Foundation after her 13-year-old son Richard was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma in 2006 and lost his battle with the rare bone cancer a year later

    After her son's diagnosis, Beth realized there was a lack of resources available for families with children battling cancer  Currently, there are approximately 15,000 children diagnosed with pediatric cancer every year in the United States and approximately 40,000 in active treatment
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  • Lady Mary Pat Christie Spearheads “Light the Way” Initiative with First Spouses from Across the Nation to Bring Greater Awareness of Down Syndrome Cognition Research

    First Lady Mary Pat Christie led a national effort to bring attention to Down syndrome cognition research, a bio-medical initiative targeted at developing drug therapies aimed at improving memory, learning and communication for individuals with Down syndrome Additionally, Governor Christie proclaimed March 21st as Down Syndrome Day in New Jersey Mrs
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  • First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names Melina Garcia of Union City Music Project as the 32nd New Jersey Hero

    First Lady Mary Pat Christie named Melina Garcia, Founder and Executive Director of the Union City Music Project (UCMP), as the 32nd New Jersey Hero The Union City Music Project (UCMP) is a child development non-profit organization that uses music as a vehicle for social change by providing students with intensive after-school orchestral instruction, mentoring, and academic tutoring UCMP participants receive musical instruction and instruments, and have the opportunity to attend a full range of cultural, social, and enrichment experiences
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