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Hugs for Brady Family Fun Day Returns Aug. 5

Enjoy a day filled with activities for the entire family and donate blood to help kids fighting cancer.

South Brunswick families will have an opportunity to enjoy a day of fun in the sun while also helping a great cause this weekend. 

The annual Family Fun Day event is returning Aug. 5 at  on Route 27. The free event will feature 50/50 and tricky tray raffles, various carnival games, clowns, a bounce hut, a car show, face painting, a dunk tank, cotton candy, ice cream and much more.

But the main focus of the event is blood platelet and bone marrow donation drives to help kids fighting cancer.

"Our goals never change, which are to raise awareness first and foremost," said Hugs for Brady co-founder Sherrie Wells. "We need people to donate blood and bone marrow, and monetary donations are also graciously accepted."

, who died in July 2010 at the age of 23 months after a difficult battle with pediatric leukemia. Brady's parents, Sherrie and Mike Wells, of Kendall Park, started the charity with the goal of helping the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital (BMSCH) fight the ongoing battle against pediatric cancer.  

The non-profit organization supports all causes concerning pediatric cancer, from buying custom-built wagons, computers, televisions and video games for patients, to helping fund a pediatric/hematology fellowship program.  

"Everyone goes on vacation during the summer so that's a time when donors typically put off their appointments," Sherrie said. "Right now there is a shortage for the blood and platelets that cancer patients need so desperately. During the summer months it's especially important for people to donate."

Those interested in helping with the donation drive can do so from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Family Fun Day on Aug. 5.

For families just looking for a day of activities to help a great cause, Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday (Aug. 5) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at , 3391 Route 27.

"This is going to be a wonderful and festive event," Sherrie said. "A lot of children who live locally are suffering from cancer and this will benefit them directly and the local hospitals that treat them."

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