A Verona restaurant with a very talented waitstaff will help raise money for a local girl undergoing cancer treatment Wednesday.
Bella Gente, 642 Bloomfield Ave., will have a cabaret featuring singing waiter Jaden Jackson and Victoria Meade, a Montclair State University student who worked for Disney.
Angelina, who turns 4 this summer, was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma earlier this year. Her mother, Danielle Phillips-Edelman, grew up in Verona and now lives in Parsippany, while her grandmother still lives in town.
Bella Gente will offer half-price margherita pies, dine-in only, during the cabaret, from 7 to 9 p.m. The restaurant will donate 10% of proceeds to Angelina's family. There also will be music by DJ BEFF.
Neuroblastoma is a rare disease often originating in the adrenal glands. About 650 children are diagnosed with neuroblastoma each year in the U.S., according to Wikipedia.
Angelina’s doctor has given her a 50/50 chance to beat the cancer and the Phillips-Edelman family has been told the five-year survival rate for children with Neuroblastoma is 35%.
The family is blogging about her journey on www.angelinasarmy.com, where Angelina is described as a fighter who loves Disney princesses and the color purple. Since she was born five weeks premature, she has always strived to keep up with her older brother.