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PHOTOS: Fort Lee Holds Fundraiser For Girl With Leukemia

Teachers from School Number 3 in Fort Lee attend a fundraiser for 11-year-old Briana Lopez.
Teachers from School Number 3 in Fort Lee attend a fundraiser for 11-year-old Briana Lopez. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Briana Lopez's mom Yanine and her sister.
Briana Lopez's mom Yanine and her sister. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Briana Lopez' 1st grade teacher Kerri Maurer.
Briana Lopez' 1st grade teacher Kerri Maurer. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Andrea Hersch greets a guest at the fundraiser.
Andrea Hersch greets a guest at the fundraiser. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Fort Lee firefighter Cliff Hittner.
Fort Lee firefighter Cliff Hittner. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and Andrea Hersch chat with Yanine Lopez.
Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich and Andrea Hersch chat with Yanine Lopez. Photo Credit: Matt Speiser

FORT LEE, N.J. — Over $18,000 was raised for an 11-year-old Fort Lee girl battling leukemia at a tricky tray fundraiser at Fort Lee Recreation Center Saturday night.

"I'm speechless," said Yanine Lopez, mother of Briana, who was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on January 14. "It is really touching that everybody has done this for my daughter."

160 people attended the fundraiser, including dozens of teachers and faculty from Briana's school and Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

"This is precisely the type of event that defines Fort Lee," Sokolich told Daily Voice. "It is incredible to live in a community that does something like this for somebody."

The fundraiser was organized by Lopez' former tutor and School No. 4 Third Grade Teacher Rachel Ventrella.

"Nights like this, I am reminded of how much my community can come together to help one in need," Ventrella told Daily Voice. "The show of love for Briana from my neighbors and community make me feel proud and blessed."

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