Benefiting JFK Brain Tumor Center

Flo’s Annual Chili Cook-Off benefiting the Brain Tumor Center at the JFK Neuroscience Institute (Edison, NJ), will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the American Legion, on the beautiful DeVoe Lakeside, Spotswood, New Jersey.  This important benefit is to honor our loving friend, sister, mother and aunt, Flo Tempalski

Flo was diagnosed with Glioblastoma  Multiforme, a grade IV brain tumor on October 31, 2006 and passed on October 7, 2007.  Flo was 50 years of age with two children and three grandchildren.  She was a loving part of our life, my sister and life long best friend.

Roughly 210,000 people in the United States each year are diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor – of these, approximately 45,000 are diagnosed with primary brain tumors, while 170,000 individuals are diagnosed with metastatic brain tumors -- there is still no cure. No two brain tumors are alike, making effective treatment very complicated. Prognosis, or expected outcome is dependent on several factors including the type of tumor, location, response to treatment, an individual's age, and overall health status. An estimated 35% of adults living with a primary malignant brain or central nervous system tumor will live five years or longer. Over 7% of all reported primary brain tumors in the United States are among children under the age of 20.

This year we are raising funds to benefit the Brain Tumor Center in Edison NJ -- a comprehensive program for the diagnosis and management of brain and spinal cord tumors situated at a single site in New Jersey. The JFK Brain Tumor Center focuses not only on survival but also on the quality of the patient’s life during and after treatment. In addition, the program incorporates other disciplines, such as hematology/oncology, neuroophthalmologic otoneurology, physical rehabilitation medicine, adult and pediatric critical care specialists and support services.

To date, Flo's Chili Cook-off events have raised over $20,000 to benefit the Brain Tumor Center’s programs and services for patients and families in New Jersey, and $8000 for the American Brain Tumor Association. Money raised last year helped New Jersey brain tumor patients pay for MRI's, insurance co-pays and transportation for chemotherapy treatment. Last year we raised $8,000, this year our goal is to raise $10,000 to benefit the Brain Tumor Center’s programs and services for patients and families. The day-long event includes live entertainment, face painting and body art, Chinese auction, horseshoe throwing contest and some of the best chili you will ever find in New Jersey! Doors open at 11am, live music and chili sampling begins at noon. The excitement and fun will continue throughout the day until 5pm. Be sure to attend the Chili Awards Ceremony at 4:30pm.
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On August 27th at Flo's Annual Chili Cook-Off we will honor Flo by keeping her memory and spirit alive with a joyful celebration of her life. 

All donations and proceeds will benefit the JFK Brain Tumor Center, a comprehensive program for diagnosis, treatment, and management of brain and spinal tumors for the support of education & patient-related services.

Click below to make a contribution directly to the Brain Tumor Center in memory of Flo:

Thank you in advance for supporting this important event.

Barbara Tempalski
Founder & Event Organizer
A fundraiser to benefit the JFK Brain Tumor Center's programs & services for patients & families
American Legion, Spotswood, New Jersey
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Grace, Dignity, Courage... 
In loving memory of Flo

If there is an interest in sponsoring our event, 
please click here for 2015 sponsorship information.

All donations & proceeds will benefit the 
JFK Brain Tumor Center

Barbara Tempalski 
Wheelchair Accessible & 
ADA Accessible Restrooms

Flo's annual chili cook-off is set for Saturday, 
August 27, 2016.

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Please check back for information on our 2016 chili cook-off. 
Last update 4/15/16