Michael’s Feat ‘Day at the Races’ Family Picnic on July 27

Luca Leon Vasquez, who was born premature, today is an active 1-year-old.

WALL TOWNSHIP — Michael’s Feat, a local charity that provides support to families carrying and caring for seriously ill newborns, will host its 19th annual “A Day at the Races” Family Picnic on Saturday, July 27, at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport.  

Michael’s Feat was founded by Adam and Dana Puharic and named in loving memory of their newborn son, Michael Gerard Puharic, who was born on July 29, 2000 and died 83 hours later due to a chromosome disorder known as trisomy 13.  The charity is dedicated to providing comfort and easing the burden for parents carrying and caring for seriously ill newborns in Monmouth and Ocean counties. 

Michael’s Feat will honor the Vazquez family of Toms River with the Heather Rose Kiss Tribute of Courage Award. In March of 2018, Alex and Alexandria Vazquez unexpectedly had their twin boys, Luca Leon and Kai Kayden, prematurely. Kai died two days later. Luca fought for four long months in the Monmouth Medical Center NICU before the family was able to bring him home. 

“Michael’s Feat came into our lives during our NICU journey and made a difference through donations such as cards and holiday gifts, which really helped us get through our hospital stay,” said Mr. Vazquez.

Tickets to the Michael’s Feat “A Day at the Races” Family Picnic on July 27 will include grandstand admission, a race program, barbecue buffet, draft beer and children’s activities. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. For more information and tickets, please visit www.michaelsfeat.org

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