Michael Denora graduated from ALJ in 2003 with lots of hope for a bright future. Denora had battled pediatric cancer for 10 years and lost his battle in 2008.
As he grew into a young adult, his wish was to help other children battling the disease. In memory of Denora and to support his wishes, his friends and family established the Michael C. Denora Foundation in 2009.
“We donate locally, so there’s usually a face to the people we provide our funds to,” said Vice President Susan Stebbins, whose son had been best friends with Michael since fourth grade.
The foundation is partnered with Embrace Kids, which supports families of children with cancers and blood disorders. Due to last year's support last year, the foundation was able to provide wishes for three extraordinary young adults battling cancer, donate raffle gifts for the Senior Prom held on the hospital grounds for patients and their guests, and continue its scholarship sponsorship with Embrace Kids.
The Michael C. Denora Foundation’s Fourth Annual Comedy Night Benefit for Kids Fighting cancer will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Kenilworth Veterans Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is at the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 which includes dinner, beer/wine and dessert. A 50/50 raffle and basket auction will be held.
Tickets must be purchased in advance. If interested in attending, please contact Kathy Denora at 732-388-3126.
For more details about the Michael C. Denora Foundation visit mcdfoundation.org.