Moose Riders Benefit Goes to Bat for Child With Cancer  

Aug 31, 2016

The Beach Haven Moose Lodge’s Moose Riders host a “Rocktoberfest” to benefit David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the lodge, on Route 72 in Manahawkin. Admission is $25 per person and includes food, beer and soft drinks. Spice Catering will be catering the event. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.

Ted Hammock, The 559, Drunken Clams and Either Way will provide live music. There will be a special opening ceremony performed by Shamrock and Thistle Pipes and Drums.

David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation was established by David Caldarella, a Stage IV cancer survivor. Since 2011, it has offered financial support to more than 650 families affected by cancer. Caldarella said proceeds from the Rocktoberfest will be directed to the family of Sadie Ally, the daughter of Craig and Kate Ally. The 3-year-old Stafford child is undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 4 Wilms’ tumor, which is a malignant tumor of the kidney. 

“Cancer completely disrupts family life,” said Caldarella. “Parents have to take off work because of all the tests, lab work, hospital stays and various other issues that come up. It’s difficult when any family member has cancer, but it can be especially hard for the family of a young child.”

Caldarella said the foundation recently created a Directors of Patient Advocacy group that is made up of patients, caregivers and medical personnel who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis and impacted by foundation.

“We started out as a small grassroots non-profit group that set out to help one or two patients per year,” he said. “Now we are on pace to offer financial support to a patient every 1.46 days in 2016. Those are staggering numbers.”

John Zawislak, one of the Rocktoberfest coordinators, said he and fellow Moose Riders met Caldarella four years ago at the Frank Panzone Jr. Memorial Cruisin’ for a Cure event to benefit the foundation.

“We decided that we wanted to hold a benefit each year for David’s Dream,” he said.

 For tickets, call the Moose at 609-597-3809.  —E.E.

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