The city of Bayonne, in conjunction with the Woodrow Wilson Community School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and the Division of Recreation, will host a charity flag football game for a local boy with cancer.
Police, firefighters, EMTs and others will participate in a flag football game against a Division of Recreation team. The Youth Flag Football League will also play with local kids who are interested.
The event, at 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 at 16th Street Park, will benefit 5-year-old Connor Delacruz in his fight against Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Connor is a “bubbly, sweet” boy who loves flag football and was excited to start kindergarten at Woodrow Wilson. His mother, Megan, is an active parent in the PTO through his siblings Paige and Logan.
On Sept. 3, Connor was diagnosed with AML, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Instead of starting kindergarten, he has been undergoing chemotherapy nearly every other day and has undergone four surgical procedures since being diagnosed.
Connor will require several rounds of treatment, as well as multiple tests and follow-ups. The fundraiser aims to provide some financial support to the family during this difficult time.
Flag football fundraiser
Spencer-Morgan Kubert is the Treasurer at the Woodrow Wilson PTO and is involved in the organization of the charity game. She said that the proceeds will help the family with all costs related to Connor’s treatment, “even just the expenses of driving back and forth, to and from the hospital.”
Connor remains upbeat.
“He’s in such good spirits, like there’s nothing wrong,” Kubert said. “He’s just an angel.”
Other schools’ PTOs are also helping.
“Lincoln School donated Jets tickets for us to raffle off,” Kubert said. “A couple of the other PTOs have actually had fundraisers for Connor. Lincoln gave us almost $3,000 from their fundraiser.”
Kubert added that a lot of businesses have donated gift certificates and various things that will be raffled off at the game. There will be a 50/50 and food trucks at the event.
How to donate
Donations can be made via check payable to Woodrow Wilson PTO, via Venmo to @WoodrowWilsonPTO, or via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Put #Connor’sCrew on the donation.
“All of the money is going right to the family,” Kubert said.
To register a child to play in the event, or for questions, call 201-683-1660 or 201-232-5320; or email email@example.com.
“It’s going to be a good day,” Kubert said. “Hopefully we raise a lot of money for Connor.”
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