Classmates Help or Prayers

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   My story begins:  My name is Alison Brooks (Class of 1974) and I am fundraising for myself to help with medical bills and other things that are listed at the end.  I did not own a car at the time and had to walk up and down a long steep hill to the bus stop to go to work.  That lasted about a year.  I started having painful leg cramps, and my breathing became winded.  I found myself out of breath and gasping for air.   I then had a week off from my job in August 2017. ....GO FUND ME PAGE HERE  (Be aware, on the GO FUND ME PAGE, some of the donations will be used for a Civil Lawsuit not just medical expenses, (not that there is anything wrong with that) but we just wanted you to be "in the know" before you donate to any cause)



LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Chris Munson, an alumni of Passaic Valley High School,(2003) is battling Dedifferentiated Chondrosarcoma, which is an extremely rare type of bone cancer.

His friends and family are hosting a fundraiser at the Russian Hall on April 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and include free draft beer from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., a dinner buffet, beer pong and flip cup tournaments, a 50/50 and a tricky tray.

Funds raised by the event will be used to cover Chris' medical bills and any money that is left over he plans on donating. The tickets come in a bracelet form that says “Cause for a Ruckus,” as Ruckus is Chris' nickname.The fundraiser is being organized by Leigh and Ed Slattery, Juliana Estrella, Zack Borden, and Rachel Calhoun.

When looking for a hall where they could plan the event, they asked what the capacity was and the owners informed them the maximum was 200 people. The owners then said that they wouldn’t end up having 200 people in which Boarden asked, “Do you know Munson?" In the first 24 hours of creating the event, they had almost 200 people RSVP’ing “yes” on the event Facebook page.

“He is the most loyal person ever," Borden said. "It is so easy to come together for him, because he would do anything for us, or even anyone he didn’t know.”

Donations of  items to be raffled off at the event are being sought. To make a donation, email

“Nothing is too small,” Leigh Slattery said. 

For tickets, or more information, email If anyone is unable to make the fundraiser and would like to donate, they may do so via


From:  Frank Travaglio 
For Year:  1960 

I would like is your prayers please, my Wife , my Sister & my Sister's Husband Tony all battling Cancer , my oldest daughter Lori has cirrhosis of the liver ( not alcohol related ) Thank you all Frank Travaglio 


Barbara Mancones is a 1972 PV Graduate. Her daughters set up this "gofundme" site for her to raise money for her stem cell transplant. Barbara has brain cancer and is completing the chemo before the next stage of her treatment. Please help if you can. Count your blessings.  

From: Joanne Dedovitch (Gennaro)   Her procedure is this week, (stem cell transplant for her cancer treatment) she may have an extended hospital stay. Her daughters have contacted me to see if her address can be posted so that cards can be sent to her as during her hospital stay. If that is possible, her address is:

Ms. Barbara Brattesani
45 Brick Pond Road
Middletown, NY 10040


LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Local resident Nick Sauter (Class of 1973) has been a pillar of the community for countless years and has touched the lives of so many as a former vice principal, athletic director, teacher, football and track coach at Passaic Valley High School.

As an active member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Little Falls, he's been a member of the vestry, and was involved with the church's food pantry for many years. He's helped countless local families who are struggling to get the assistance they need.

A graduate of Passaic Valley High School in 1973 and Rutgers University in 1977, Sauter discovered he was in need of a kidney last year, according to his sister-in-law Donna Tissot. Nick continues to suffer from end stage renal failure, also known as end stage kidney disease, and is in need of a living kidney donor to undergo kidney transplant.

When we first ran Nick's story in May 2017, he was already receiving dialysis three times a week, but in the meantime Nick developed a blood infection that traveled to his 21 year old knee replacement. Due to the infection, Nick had to sustain two additional surgeries on his knee this past year and his hopes for a kidney was put on hold. Nick went through three months of physical therapy along with his dialysis. With these ongoing challenges, his sister-in-law Donna Tissot says, “Nick tries to stay positive through his good and bad days”. For those who are dependent on dialysis, life is grim and challenging and time is of the essence to find a healthy living kidney donor in order to go through transplantation.

Anyone who might be interested in being a donor, or knows of someone who would like to be a donor, please contact Donna Tissot at 973-714-7016 who will provide additional information and connect you with the transplant coordinator. In the meantime, the appropriate links and forms have been included. .

As Nick’s blood type is A-, interested donors can also be type A-, as well as O, A+ and O+.

However, in addition to blood type there are other ways to determine if someone is a match so please do not let your blood type deter you from thoughts of being a donor.

The family is still hopeful that by continuing to get the word out they will soon find a match for Nick so he can once again lead a normal life and enjoy watching his family grow.

Nick and his family are very thankful for the outpouring of love and support and thank you from the bottom of their hearts.