A Chatham resident recently completed the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon to raise funds and awareness for a Florham Park organization that helped two of her family members with cancer over the past couple of years.
Laura Birdsall said it was important for her to give back to Halos for Angels Inc., a non-profit organization serving local families in need when an unforeseen crisis occurs.
"I was new in the community with a young family dealing with tough stuff," Birdsall said. "Halos reached out to me, barely knowing me, and offered much needed support. I have wanted to give back what I could to Halos for all that they have done for myself and for what I have seen them do for others in the area. Raising funds and awareness about this organization is imperative in ensuring that those in need will be served."
The Halos mission is to nurture its community’s well-being by extending to its family members temporary relief, comfort and support when sudden tragedy hits home. HFA helps with day-to-day responsibilities by providing transportation services, shopping trips, child care, daily meals—whatever is needed—until the families get back on their feet.
President and Founder Karen Casolaro started the organization after having endured breast cancer in 2008 to help other families in the community who were facing a similar battle.
“When emotional despair hits in an instant, life as you know it ends temporarily,” Casolaro said, "but there are ways to assist families in need right in our area...helping neighbors help each other is what a 'community family' is all about.”
Halos for Angels Annual Dinner Dance Gala fundraiser will be held June 6 at Knoll Country Club in Parsippany. Tricky tray baskets, raffle and silent donation items from local businesses are welcome for the event.
For information about attending or making a donation, call Karen Casolaro at 973-845-9636. For more information about Halos for Angels, visit its website.