Bergen local police services fighting cancer unite for distressed mother and young son


North Jersey single mother Joanne Bastante-Howard has worked tirelessly for years to help provide essential resources to children who, like her young son, have Down syndrome.

Bastante-Howard, a former advertising and marketing whirlwind, is personally responsible for raising over $ 100,000 to help secure essential medical, educational and therapeutic services for those in need through the association. America’s Special Kidz (ASK) nonprofit she founded.

Parents of children with a wide range of circumstances – including autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, and mitochondrial disease – have turned to Bastante-Howard for help.

She has always been there for them.

It’s heartbreaking for many that Bastante-Howard is now the one who needs it, as breast cancer sorely tries to take her life.

In a seemingly unprecedented move, seven police departments in northwest Bergen responded by uniting for an unforgettable “shave-free November”.

Not only that – they’re extending the campaign until the end of 2021 and giving away ‘Borough of Beards’ t-shirts to anyone who donates at least $ 40 to the cause.

Participating police services:

  • Ho-Ho-Kus;
  • Upper saddle river;
  • Franklin Lakes;
  • Oakland;
  • Selle river;
  • Woodcliff Lake;
  • Wyckoff.

As Cancer continues its relentless punishment, Bastante-Howard of Woodland Park continues to express her gratitude for the goodwill of others.

Even while in hospital, she takes the time to mention everyone by name in social media posts – and begs their forgiveness when she can’t say “thank you” quickly enough.

She also asks all concerned to pray for her son, John, 13, who attends ECLC school in Ho-Ho-Kus, as well as for his parents.

“God knows taking care of them is all that matters to me,” Bastante-Howard wrote today.

The goal of “No-Shave November” is to “raise awareness by kissing our hair, which many cancer patients shed, and letting it grow wild and free”. according to “Donate the money you usually spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives and help those in the fight. “

It all started after eight Chicago siblings lost their father, Matthew Hill, to colon cancer. The idea was to educate cancer patients struggling with hair loss.

Police departments started participating in 2009, and it has grown bigger and bigger – and bigger than that – since.

The Hill siblings also created a non-profit organization, the Matthew Hill Foundation, six years ago to help fund cancer research, prevention and education.

Agents don’t need to get naked if they don’t want to. They can personally donate.

So can you.

GO TO: Arrondissement de Barbes 2021

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