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East Village Community to Hold Benefit for 2-Year Old Neighbor
A fundraiser, “James Day,” will take place tomorrow in First Park, located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and Houston Street, from 11 am to 4 pm to support James Panitz.
Shortly before his 2nd birthday this past spring, James was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer often found in children. He has been undergoing intensive chemo and radiation therapy, and while the results are encouraging, a long course of treatment remains ahead of him. The related medical expenses have been overwhelming for his family. In the hope of assisting with this family’s burden, a group of friends and neighbors from their East 1st St block, and beyond, are coming together to help.
James Day (which will take place on the same date as the Annual 1st St Block Fair) will be a “Family Fun Day.” There will be games & prizes for kids, “Hula Hoop” and dance performances, t-shirt decorating, face-painting, live music and a Silent Auction. The Brooklyn-based artist, Bishop203, has designed a special t-shirt for this event. Also, the Centre-fuge Public Art Project will be installing a new cycle of artwork and the artists will be on-hand to lend inspiration to t-shirt embellishment.
There will be no fees associated with participating in this event, rather donations will be gratefully accepted from those who wish to contribute. We welcome everyone to take part in a very special event and to support the tremendous courage of young James and his parents, as they battle his cancer.