Three years ago, ten-year-old Jacob Froman -- an avid sports fan, a musician and an beloved older brother -- died after a valiant fight against brain cancer. In Jacob's memory, his mother, Nancy Goodman, founded Kids v Cancer, a non-profit organization that focuses on changing the landscape of pediatric cancer research. During Jacob’s illness, Goodman worked with researchers and clinicians at more than 35 institutions across a dozen countries. When Jacob died, she arranged for his brain tumor tissue to be donated to researchers, some of whom were then able to make groundbreaking advances.
Each spring for the last four years, Maplewood residents Jane Steinberg and John Verzani host a Book Sale/Bake Sale to raise money for Kids v Cancer. This year, the sale is on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m.- noon at 38 Plymouth Avenue in Maplewood.
They are seeking donations of children's books (board books through young adult), and of baked goods. "If you have some books your family has outgrown or are tired of, or if you would like to make a batch of your favorite homemade goodies, that would be wonderful," said Jane Steinberg. "Or maybe you’d just like to come to our sale."
Books can be dropped off on the family's porch, or they will pick them up anytime between now and the sale date. (Email email@example.com to let her know.) The family is asking for books to be donated soon so they have enough time to sort and organize them.
Baked goods can be dropped off the morning of the sale or the day before. All books remaining at sale's end will be donated to the , which provides free books to children who otherwise might not have books of their own. The rain date for the event is Saturday, May 26.
"If books and baked goods are not enough to lure you, our resident barista extraordinaire (aka John Verzani) will be cranking up the espresso machine," said Steinberg.