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{Beers for Baskets} Benefiting Cancer Research

Hoboken Happy Hours is excited to partner with Layups 4 Life in their continued efforts of getting the word out about their inaugural basketball tournament!

Join us at McSwiggans THIS THURSDAY April 2nd at 7pm!

Enjoy incredible 2-FOR-1 drink specials:

  • Bud Light Bottles
  • Vodka Drinks
  • Fireball Shots

There will be a 50/50 and a raffle with incredible prizes including:

  • Eli Manning Jersey
  • New York Knicks Swag Bag

This event is a part of L4L’s drive to promote their inaugural event on Sunday April 19th. Spend your evening with us, enjoy GREAT drink specials, get involved with the 50/50, and enter our raffle with awesome prizes as stated above!

If you are interested in hearing more about Layups 4 Life and want to get involved, come out to Swiggs THIS THURSDAY!  You can also find Layups 4 Life on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

3-on-3 Tournament Event Details:

On Sunday April 19th, Layups 4 Life will be having a 3-on-3-basketball tournament, raffle and silent auction at Roxbury High School located in Succasunna, New Jersey. The proceeds made from this event will benefit cancer research and clinical trials at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. They will be raffling gifts from restaurants, barbershops and local artists. Their silent auction will consist of sports memorabilia from the New York Knicks, Rangers, Yankees, Giants and more! If you can make it to the event, you won’t regret it! Register for their tournament, make a donation, or come spend the day at Roxbury High School and take part in an event that is benefiting a great cause.

 

Dan’s Story:

Unfortunately, cancer has touched a lot of our lives in one-way or the other. It is a disease that does not discriminate by race, gender or age. It chooses blindly and unfairly.   In the summer of 2013, I was diagnosed with A.L.L (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). In addition to this diagnosis I would also have something paired with it called a Philadelphia chromosome, a genetic mutation that made my cancer a rare one. If I wanted to have the best chance of beating this disease and reduce my chances of relapse, I would need a bone marrow transplant.

The first people doctors check as potential donors are your siblings. For me, that would be my one and only brother, Jason. With a 25% chance of him being a match, the odds were not in my favor. If Jason was not a match, I would be placed on a donor list. Well, when I needed it the most, I hit the lottery. Jason would in fact be a perfect match and was my donor for the transplant. This procedure is not as bad as it has been in years past. In fact, it had nothing to do with the bone marrow. Due to clinical trials and medical advancements in the treatment of this disease, the process used in in my situation is called a T-cell depleted transplant. All that was required from my brother was to give blood.

However, before the transplant I would receive full body radiation and heavy chemotherapy. Then once the bone marrow (T-cell depleted) transplant occurred, my body had to build itself back up. It was a long journey to say the least but today I am fortunate to say that I am cancer free for close to two years.

I wanted to put Layups 4 Life together to show my appreciation and gratitude to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Without the doctors, nurses and staff there I would not be where I am today. Of course, the support from my family, friends and girlfriend were just as important in my road to recovery.

MSKCC is the leader in revolutionizing the way we fight this dreaded disease. I share their passion in one day ridding the world of cancer and if we can’t do that we can at least do our very best in helping them find ways to treat this disease.

 

Written by: Dan Exter

Dan Exter should of been raised in the 80s. His favorite band is Journey, favorite movie is The Goonies and 80s on 8 is his favorite station on satellite radio. An avid basketball player, Dan can jump just high enough to get a few pieces of paper under his feet, but don’t let that fool you. His up and under move on the post reminds people of a young Tim Duncan. Following random sports teams like the Orlando Magic and Dallas Cowboys only helps expand his knowledge on both the NFL and NBA. His wonderful girlfriend imagines Dan as a teenager to be similar to Barry Goldberg from “The Goldbergs”, the hit TV show about an 80s family on ABC.