Monday, August 19, 2013

A cup of hope: Tea Party raises money for cancer awareness

“She loved glitter and being a princess,” said her mother Janine Roberts, of Sauquoit. “She was strong and courageous and funny.”

When 3-year-old Anjali died of Neuroblastoma in May 2010, Roberts wanted to find a way for her to live forever.

Sunday, she was very much alive in spirit at the third annual Anjali’s Tea Party.

Valentino’s Banquet Hall in Washington Mills was a little girl’s dream with finger food, cupcakes, tea and even dancers from the Leatherstocking Ballet Company dressed as princesses.

But Anjali didn’t just prompt an event, she rallied an army—Anjali’s Army, which started in 2009 and globally raises money for better treatments, supports new therapies and raises awareness of pediatric cancer.

“She’s a force to be reckoned with and we won’t stop until we find a cure,” Roberts said. “Every kid deserves a childhood.”

The first two tea parties combined raised about $20,000, she said.


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