On Friday, March 27, 2015, the Brick Township Policemen’s Benevolent Association will be holding its twenty-fifth annual “Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game”.  The game will feature members of the Brick Township Police Department playing the Brick Township Green Dragon Football Team.

As in the past, the P.B.A. is hosting the game to assist a local family facing financial hardship due to a child’s serious illness

This year, the proceeds of the game will go to the family of Ryan Magnotta to help them care for their son.

Ryan, who is 10 years old, has been diagnosed with a pancreatic disease known as hereditary chronic pancreatitis.  Ryan was diagnosed when he was just 5 years old.  Over the years, he has been in and out of Children’s Hospital in New Jersey, University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital, and Boston’s Children’s Hospital receiving care.  He has undergone multiple procedures and lives with a feeding tube on a daily basis.  His pain and discomfort are constant.

Ryan’s parents are facing the daunting task of dealing with Ryan’s illness and continuing to care for their 2 other children.  As you can imagine, they have a substantial amount of medical debt that continues to increase with each passing day.  We would like to extend a helping hand to Ryan and the Magnotta family.

We would like to invite you, your family, and your friends to a night of fellowship and community spirit.  We hope you will join us in showing support the family of Ryan Magnotta.  The game will be held at the Brick Township High School East Gym on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.  The cost is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per student.  Seating is limited, so arrive early.

The P.B.A. would like to ask you and your organization to dig deep into your hearts and show your generosity by contributing in any way possible.  Donations can be sent to the PBA Local 230, P.O. Box 1067, Brick, NJ 08723, c/o Officer Richard Nelson, Jr.  Checks can be made payable to the “Helping Hands Fund”. 

For further information, please contact Officer Richard Nelson, Jr., and Officer Robert Scelfo, at 732-262-1100 or Detective Greg Mullarkey at 732-262-1122.  As seen at our past games, the Brick Township community never fails to show their unwavering support.  We would love for you to join us in lending a “Helping Hand” to the family of Ryan Magnotta.  We thank you in advance for helping to make the “Helping Hands Benefit Basketball Game” a continued success.  We hope to see you and your family at the game.

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