2018 Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Pancake Breakfast
Pancake Breakfast
2018 Pancake Breakfast with Santa

It’s time for our 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast with Santa presented by students from our DDBCF group at Southern Regional High School! Please join us on Sunday December 2nd between 8-11a at TGI Fridays Manahawkin for pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee, soft drinks and pictures with Santa – all for just $10 a person!

We will have DDBCF gear available at discounted prices for the perfect holiday gifts for family, friends and co-workers.

Shave the Date 2018

Shave the Date
Shave the Date
Shave the Date 2018

Get Your Mo On With Shave The Date!


Join the Movember Movement with David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation (DDBCF)! We’ve partnered with Swing Graphics to raise awareness & provide HOPE for male patients battling a cancer diagnosis. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be directed to male patients battling a cancer diagnosis through David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation!


We have added a new Team Concept this year with the help of DDBCF Advisory Board member Chief Robert Burnaford from the Harvey Cedars Police Department. The following Teams have already agreed to join Harvey Cedars Police Department to participate in our 2018 Shave the Date fundraiser: Beach Haven Police Department, Ship Bottom Police Department, Surf City Police Department, Stockton University, Jetty, Farias Surf and Sport, Barlow Buick GMC of Manahawkin, Equity Prime Mortgage NJ, Trident Fitness & Performance and members from the DDBCF Board of Directors. Please contact DDBCF Executive Director, Danielle Corso to create your team today dani@davidsdreamandbelieve.org.

Four Ways To Get Involved:

1. Become A Shave The Date Ambassador!

  • Sign up as an individual or join a team!
  • Dedicate your hair follicles to the cause – grow a mustache, promise to shave your coveted beard, cut the luscious locks or come up with your own growing gamble.
  • Collect pledges.

2. Make A Donation!

3. Share The Donation Page!

  • Become an advocate for a team or ambassador!

4. Attend Shave The Date at The Arlington!

  • Experience the Pop Up Barbershop at The Arlington on November 30 for a shave/haircut for a cause, or just to enjoy the party!

**PopUp Barbershop**
Ryan’s Barber Shop & Shave Parlor and Carmelo’s Barber shop.

*Due to time restraints, shaves will be limited to buzz & trim only*

Dreamtastic Night Out

Thank you to Fantasy Island for inviting David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation to the park for Dreamtastic Night Out on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 4-8p!

This event gives families battling a cancer diagnosis the opportunity to enjoy a Long Beach Island summer tradition at no cost. We are grateful for the generosity of Fantasy Island who has donated rides, games & food to help make this an evening to remember!

Dreamtastic Night Out is open to all families affected by a cancer diagnosis but space is limited. Please register by Wednesday, October 3 with an email to dani@davidsdreamandbelieve.org. RSVP should include your name, phone and number of adults / children.






Mega 50/50 Cash Raffle

Mega 50/50 Cash Raffle

Enter to WIN up to $25,000!

Our Mega 50/50 Cash Raffle is in conjunction with David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation’s selection as the Charity for a Cause partner for the 30th Anniversary Chowderfest celebration. Tickets are $20 and ONLY 2,500 tickets will be sold. There will be one winner chosen during Chowderfest weekend on Sunday September 30, 2018 at 4:00pm. (Winner does NOT need to be present & Winner must keep 50% of cash prize).

You can purchase the Mega 50/50 Cash Raffle tickets by:

  1. Pick up at our office, 364 North Main Street, Suite 10D, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
  2. Mail your check (made payable to: DDBCF ) to the office address above by Friday September 21st.
  3. Visit Panzone’s Pizza in Surf City, NJ.

For questions, email Danielle Corso at dani@davidsdreamandbelieve.org or call 609-489-0011.


DDBCF Advisory Board

We are excited to announce the formation of the David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation (DDBCF) Advisory Board. The Advisory Board comprised of 20 volunteers dedicated to achieving our Mission of Hope for patients and their families affected by a cancer diagnosis.

In 2017, DDBCF reached an all-time milestone of helping 1,004 families battling a cancer diagnosis with direct financial grants totaling $778,381.91. Beyond the significant financial grants, countless families receive hope, emotional support, and wellness services through our generous corporate and individual donors. These goals could not have been accomplished without the inspiration from our patients and support from our volunteers.

The overall purpose of our new Advisory Board is to bolster support and awareness for DDBCF’s Mission of Hope. We thank each of our Advisory Board Members for committing to serve as Beacons of Hope to our patients and their families. We are honored to introduce our Advisory Board Members and invite you to learn more about each of them by clicking the names below:

  1. Dr. Bryan Barrett: Atlanticare Urgent Care
  2. Jaimee Boyle: Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club
  3. John Brancato: JAB Inspections
  4. Chief Robert Burnaford: Harvey Cedars Police Department
  5. Erin Buterick: The Union Market & Gallery and The MakeShift Union
  6. Christopher DeMatteis: Equity Prime Mortgage
  7. James Donahower: Jamesdonahower.com
  8. Brandon Donnegan: Student, Stockton University
  9. Jillian Elsasser: Panzone’s Pizza and Panzone’s Pizza & Pasta
  10. Jeannine Errico: The Union Market & Gallery and The MakeShift Union
  11. Matthew D. Finelli: D. Finelli Construction
  12. Deb Henderson: University Title Insurance Agency, Inc.
  13. Lou Hoguet: Landguard Title
  14. Matthew Mancini: TD Bank
  15. Lou Manganiello: Lou’s Electric
  16. Matt Matey: McCue Captains Agency
  17. Andy Muniak: Muniak & Muniak Public Accountants
  18. Lee-Anne Oros: Educational Testing Service
  19. Brittany Solon: Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club
  20. Carmen Tierno: New York American Water Company


2018 Planned Giving Program

Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Thank you for your continued support of David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation (DDBCF). It is because of your generosity that we have so far been able to provide direct financial assistance to 1,004 families battling a cancer diagnosis. In addition to financial support, countless other families have received personal emotional support, wellness services and HOPE.

As we kick off 2018, we are pleased to re-introduce our Planning Giving Program! The DDBCF planning giving program enables individual sponsors or corporate friends to Pay It Forward throughout the year with Event Sponsorships. Our 2018 planned giving initiative will afford us the opportunity to better respond to the increasing avalanche of patient grant requests.

Our DDBCF Executive Director, Danielle Corso created the first successful planned giving campaign in 2015 with the help of the generous team at Equity Prime Mortgage, and our relationship with them remains the Gold Standard for long-term partnerships. The impact that this single program has had on the lives of patients and their families is difficult to accurately measure – literally thousands who have been impacted by this deadly disease are benefitting from the Equity Prime Mortgage planned giving program.

The DDBCF event calendar for 2018 includes highly visible events that provide you or your business with key sponsorship opportunities that are available now. We are particularly excited to announce that DDBCF was selected to be the first Chowder for a Cause Partner Charity for this year’s Chowderfest! Over 15,000 people attended last year, so the opportunity to raise awareness for our Mission of Hope in 2018 will be tremendous!

  • Frank V. Panzone Jr. Memorial Cruisin for a Cure
  • Frank A. Cosimano Memorial Golf Classic
  • Stafford Run for Hope
  • LBI Summer Soiree
  • Survival of the Mills

How can you get involved?
This year, we are offering you or your business the opportunity to be included as a named sponsor at every event (maximum branding and recognition) through a planned giving commitment that can be structured in monthly, quarterly or as a one-time annual contribution. In addition, DDBCF prominently recognizes our Community Partner Level sponsors on the DDBCF website and on all of our marketing brochures, signs and event materials. The Community Partner Level is reserved for individuals and businesses who pledge $10,000 in donations per year.

Please simply call or email DDBCF Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, David Caldarella (ideally before February 15, 2018) to ensure that we recognize you in all of our DDBCF marketing pieces this year.

Phone: (609) 489-0011
Email: david@davidsdreamandbelieve.org

Thank you once again for all of your support!

David Caldarella
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
David’s Dream and Believe Cancer Foundation

Major Milestone Achieved!

Generation Dream


In 2010, a group of friends created a philanthropic organization called David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation with the goal of supporting one or two Families per year battling a cancer diagnosis.

Today, we wrote a grant check for our 1,001st Family affected by a cancer diagnosis. 694 Families offered financial assistance in just the past 3 years with countless more families receiving wellness services and emotional support. This would not be possible without the support from our Board of Directors, Patient Advocates, Service-Arm Providers, individual donors, business sponsors, community partners and volunteers who serve by our side as A Beacon of Hope to our families battling this deadly disease.

It’s only fitting that members from our youth group, Generation Dream share the news with all of you!

On behalf of Co-Founders Tim Hall and Carmen Malatino and our Board of Directors – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for affording us the opportunity to shine a bright light of Hope for families during their darkest of times.

Please consider joining us as we continue to serve those in need – Donate Today or contact david@davidsdreamandbelieve.org for information on how to give throughout 2018.

David Caldarella


2017 Beacon of Hope Award Recipient: Dr. David M. Cognetti



David M. Cognetti, MD, FACS
Associate Professor and Co-Director, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University

In recognition of an outstanding individual or agency instrumental in filling hearts with HOPE and shining a LIGHT in the darkness of cancer. We are proud and honored to recognize Dr. David M. Cognetti of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia with our “BEACON OF HOPE AWARD!

Dr. Cognetti was born and raised in Scranton, Pa (where all roads meet.)  He is the second tallest of nine children.  He and his siblings spent their childhood rooting against the Philadelphia Eagles and vacationing down the shore in Ocean City, NJ.  He currently serves as the Co-director of the Jefferson Center for Head and Neck Surgery.  At Jefferson, he initiated (with the help of dedicated colleagues and tremendous nursing teams) programs in Transoral Robotic Surgery as well as Sialendoscopy, both of which are innovative technologies that eliminate the need for radical open surgery. Both programs were one of the earliest of their kind in the United States and are currently among the busiest in the country.

Dr. Cognetti received his BS in Biology from Georgetown University, where he made an unsuccessful walk-on bid for the men’s basketball team.  He received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where his future wife scored higher than him on all medical school exams and achieved a contested victory over him in a 10k race.  He completed a residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University before completing a fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.  Dr. Cognetti returned to Jefferson, his professional home, as faculty in 2008.

Dr. Cognetti has served many leadership roles at the institutional, regional, and national levels.  He completed the Jefferson Leadership Academy and currently serves as the chair of the Operating Room Committee at Jefferson. He serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  He is the chair of the Head and Neck Surgery Education Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the co-chair of the History Committee of the Endocrine Surgery Section of the American Head and Neck Society.  He also serves on the Head and Neck Steering Committee Rare Tumors Task Force for the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute.  He has received a Castle Connolly Top Doc Award for the past three years.  Above all, he is tirelessly committed to the care of patients, in Philadelphia, Haiti, and beyond, and he is constantly looking at ways to improve systems and outcomes.   He currently resides in Penn Valley, PA with his supportive wife, Missy, and their three strong and independent daughters, Julia, Claire, and Sophia.

Landguard Title Services, LLC

Our friends and Executive Partners at Equity Prime NJ along with owner Lou Hoguet from Landguard Title Services, LLC shared some great news with us at the 5th Annual Island Gala and we are ready to share that major announcement with all of you. Landguard Title Services, LLC has joined our friends from Equity Prime NJ with their planned giving initiative and for every deal closed by Landguard Title Services, LLC, $25.00 will be donated to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation with a commitment to donate a minimum of $500.00 per month!

We would not be able to serve as A Beacon of Hope without the support and planned giving initiatives from business partners such as Equity Prime NJ and Landguard Title Services, LLC. Please support the businesses dedicated to making a difference in the lives of families battling a cancer diagnosis.

Sibling Perspective

By: Rachel Jones
Director of Patient Advocacy
David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation


“September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, for my family it’s every month.

Childhood cancer isn’t easy for anyone involved, it affects the ENTIRE family. One part of the family that often gets overlooked are the siblings. I should know, I’ve been one.

I was 9 when my youngest sister (2) was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia).
I remember not just the day, but also the days leading up to and shortly after her diagnosis like it was yesterday.
She had been running high fevers, was lethargic and very fussy, along with these symptoms she had labs drawn, X-rays, etc. over about 4 days leading up to her trip to Boston Children’s Hospital, where she received her official diagnosis.
I’ll never forget being in school and the teacher calling me to her desk to give me the message she had just received, that my parents were rushing my sister to Boston and we (my other sister and I) would be picked up by a friend.
I remember the fear and worry that I felt. I remember wanting to go with them and know why and what was happening.
My sister went to Boston on a Wednesday night, we didn’t get to see her or my parents until that Saturday, when we were told she had cancer.
That word, especially back in the 1990’s was something very rare for kids to know much less talk about, especially regarding another child. Yet, here I was and that word was describing my sister.
The next 2 1/2 years were filled with hospital stays, trips to Ronald McDonald House and clinic visits. Everything and everyone’s focus was on my sister and how she was. Don’t get me wrong, mine was too but I think I can count on one hand the number of times someone asked me how I was and what I was feeling.
You see siblings are expected to maintain life as is, in spite of a diagnosis that literally rocks your world and turns everything “normal” about your life into the unknown.
You’re no longer a family unit like you’ve always known it, now life revolves around your sibling with cancer. Trips, plans, sports, school activities are all worked around chemo, fevers, steroids, etc.
Even when treatment is over, you still often feel second to your sick sibling. Whether it’s make a wish trips, camps or other things that are all part of the cancer world.

So what does all this mean for you, what can you do to help?!?
If ever you cross paths with a sibling of a cancer patient.
For just a moment, forget the patient or the parents and ask how the SIBLING  is feeling, doing in school, sports, etc.
You will never know how much that will mean to that child but I can tell you the light in their eyes and smile on their face when they realize someone’s interested in them will give you a small picture of how special you made them feel.

Cancer is something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but I wouldn’t change the person I am or people I’ve met from being part of the cancer world.”