Dear Supporters and Friends:

We wanted to assure you that the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has not stopped assisting families as we always have–helping with their bills, providing counseling to calm their fears, and making sure they have food on the table.

As restrictions are lifted statewide, we have re-opened our four food pantries and have reinstated our in-home grocery deliveries to families, though with additional safety precautions to protect everyone involved. Because many ECF kids are immune-compromised, our caseworkers will not be entering any homes at this time and will continue with virtual counseling for the families. As necessary, we will adapt to this evolving situation in order to keep everyone safe while staying true to our mission.

As always, we deeply appreciate your support and kindness. We hope you and your loved ones stay well, and please feel free to contact us with any questions at 908-322-4323.

Joann Passantino, Executive Director

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“What ECF has done for our family is to walk along beside us. That is a priceless gift.”
– Luke’s mom.
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Last Year

ECF Caseworkers made 500 home visits and provided an additional 1,998 hours of counseling and advocacy services, at no cost to the families.
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Welcome to ECF

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation provides New Jersey families facing the crisis of pediatric cancer a place to turn for comfort and support through professional in-home counseling and a uniquely tailored package of assistance – all free-of-charge.

What We Do

In-Home Counseling

We provide professional counseling, emotional support and advocacy assistance free for the entire family.

Material Assistance

Through our four Regional Centers, we work with volunteers to collect and distribute groceries, toys, clothing, household items, and birthday and holiday gifts.

Emergency Financial Aid

Our emergency financial assistance can help families with urgent needs such as paying rent, utility, phone and insurance bills.

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Meet Emmanuel

On February 5, 1981, Emmanuel Vizzoni was diagnosed with Burkett’s lymphoma just weeks after his seventh birthday. Over the next two months, his parents, Joseph and Susan Vizzoni, alternated shifts at the hospital while their son endured grueling medical treatments. Sadly, on April 5 of that year, the lymphoma claimed Manny’s life, leaving his family to pick up the pieces.

Coping with their grief and explaining to their younger daughter why her brother had simply “disappeared” proved to be incredibly difficult for the Vizzoni family. At that time, medical treatments for pediatric cancers were developing rapidly; however there were large gaps in the emotional, spiritual, and financial support available for families. Susan reflects, “Joe and I came to understand—because we were running back and forth to the hospital while family members helped care for our daughter—that families with other circumstances must have an incredibly difficult time managing this. We realized that the best thing we could do to cope with our own loss was to start helping others in this situation.”

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77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323
Fax: (732) 943-7529

Joann Passantino
Executive Director, ext. 16

Victoria Shestack Aronoff
Development Director, ext. 15

Trish Picone
Accountant, ext. 12

Gloria Pocchio
Office Manager, ext. 10

Central Regional Center

77 Brant Ave.
Suite 304
Clark, NJ 07066
(908) 322-4323 x17

Barbara Kopel
Sr. Central Regional Director

Southern Regional Center

451 Beech Ave.
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
(856) 853-4803

Mary Ann Sullivan 
Southern Regional Director

Eastern Regional Center

1710 Highway 71
Suite 2
Wall, NJ 07719
(732) 282-2324

Rosemarie Contreras
Eastern Regional Director

Northern Regional Center

174 Paterson Ave.
PO Box 212
Midland Park, NJ 07432
(201) 612-8118

Inessa Rome
Northern Regional Director


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The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations to the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation are tax-exempt to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID #22-2459774


Headquarters & Central Regional Center

67 Walnut Ave
Clark, NJ 07066
P: (908) 322-4323

Eastern Regional Center

10 Highway 71, Suite 2
Wall, NJ 07719
P: (732) 282-2324

South Regional Center

451 Beech Avenue
Woodbury Heights, NJ 08097
P: (856) 853-4803

Northern Regional Center

174 Paterson Avenue
PO Box 212
Midland Park, NJ 07432
P: (201) 612-8118