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North Jersey Rallies Around Girl Injured, Orphaned In Earthquake
Rayen Bekri, a 13-year-old girl, was trapped in the rubble for six days following an earthquake in her native Turkey in February. Now living with family in Bergen County, the community has come together to help her.
While trapped under six floors of a collapsed building, Bekri held onto her brother, though he did not survive. Bekri's mother also died in the earthquake, which killed nearly 60,000 people in Turkey and Syria.
Bekri was finally discovered, though her leg had to be amputated. Bekri's father had previously died in a war in Syria.
Rasha Kattan, Bekri's aunt, flew to T…
North Jersey Boy Struck By Car Sees Overwhelming Community Support
As Stefan Wiklinski remains on the mend after being struck by a car in Old Tappan while riding his bike, residents of the borough are showing they have his back.
A fundraiser has been created to support Wiklinski's family with medical expenses following the Sunday, June 11 incident. As of Tuesday, June 20, more than $60,000 has been raised.
Wiklinski, an eighth grader who was set to graduate from Charles DeWolf Middle School, suffered a brain injury and remains under sedation. Wiklinski, called "Stefan Spectacular" by his dad, Stephen, was inducted into the National Honor Society and played…
NJ Triathlete Struck By Car Sees Community Support
Mary Truer was out riding her bicycle when she was hit by a car. Now people in Essex County are coming together to assist her and her family.
Truer, a triathlete, will need surgery, said her friend Jonathan Tabuzo, a Bloomfield native, who organized a GoFundMe fundraiser. The money will help Truer and her family during this ordeal, Tabuzo said.
As of Monday, May 15, more than $5,700 has been raised.
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'She Is A Fighter:' Morris County Mom Re-Diagnosed With Cancer After Leg Removal Sees Support
Support is skyrocketing for a beloved Morris County mom who was re-diagnosed with cancer after having her leg removed.
Angie Erazo and her husband, Ron, have been a part of the Morris Plains School District since their son, Gilbert, was in Kindergarten, according to a GoFundMe launched for the family. Ron even works as a district employee and is “always available to lend a hand, volunteer his time, or simply provide a hug to someone in need,” describes the campaign.
But in Fall 2021, tragedy struck when Angie was diagnosed with bone cancer, resulting in a debilitating series of chemotherap…
Hoboken Doctor Fighting Glioblastoma Sees Surge Of Community Support
A doctor is in for the fight of his life, and the Hoboken community is standing behind him.
A GoFundMe has been created for Dr. Ahntu Vu, a 28-year-old 2nd year resident at Hoboken University Medical Center Family Medicine Program, as he battles a terminal stage four diagnosis of Glioblastoma Multiforme. As of Monday, April 10, $23,813 has been raised from 223 donors.
"Anhtu has shown himself to be a caring, compassionate, relatable, funny, and down-to-earth guy," Judy Joseph, who organized the fundraiser, said. "He leaves his patients feeling well attended to and cared for and has shown hi…
PA Native, NJ Mom Of Five Dies In Crash Headed To 2nd Job
Christine Severino, a Pennsylvania native and New Jersey mom of five, was on her way to her second job when she was killed in a car accident in Tredyffrin Township on Saturday, Jan. 28, her loved ones say. She was 41.
Chrissie, as the Pennsville mom's friends and family knew her, was born in Upper Darby and later graduated from Delaware County Community College and Widener University, loved ones wrote in her obituary.
She worked as a pharmacy technician and put down roots in Eddystone Borough where she raised her five children — Kailee, Ceaira, Joshua, Carleigh, and Ma…
Community Rallies For Franklin Woman Killed In Crash
A GoFundMe page has been started for Michaela Powell, one of three women killed in a motor-vehicle crash in Woodbridge over the weekend.
The 23-year-old was in a vehicle with friends Uchechukw Chukwuma, 24, and Brianna Martinez, 23, when the Nissan Altima they were riding in rear-ended a tractor trailer on Rt.1 around 11:50 p.m.
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"Franklin has been struck with a tragedy. Three young woman, Brianna Martinez, Michaela Powell, Uchechukw Chukwuma, all from Franklin, died [Friday night] in a horrible motor vehicle accident. Our hearts are br…
Fitness Guru Seeks 'Elves' To Help Bring Christmas To North Jersey Homeless
Leah Fairchild had just given Christmas bags to a dozen homeless people on the streets of Manhattan when she began to cry. She wanted to do more.
Since that Christmas five years ago, she has.
“Each year I vow to do it bigger and better,” said Fairchild, who, with the help of volunteers raised nearly $3,500 last year, visited seven shelters in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Essex counties and distributed 350 gift bags to those living on the street.
Fairchild, a single mom of three who owns and operates Train on Purpose (TOP) Hybrid Fitness Studio in Lyndhurst, launched her “Christmas Miracle P…