Hoboken’s Room 84 is hosting a fundraiser for 18-week old Zachary D. Mundo, the son of a North Bergen police officer who was born with congenital heart disease and required open heart surgery when he was just four days old.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The event, which runs from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. this evening, is set to fund a portion of Zachary’s medical costs as well as to spread awareness of congenital heart disease/defects.
Tickets are $50 at the door, with $30 of each ticket going towards Zachary’s doctor bills, hospital stays and upcoming surgeries.
Zachary was born on July 4, 2015, weighing seven pounds and four ounces, but needed open heart surgery at just four days old to compensate for the underdeveloped side of his heart.
His uncle, James Vangelakos, a North Bergen police officer who is hosting the event, said his nephew will likely need two more heart surgeries in the foreseeable future.
“Congenital heart defects are problems with the heart’s structure that are present at birth. Congenital heart defects change the normal flow of blood through the heart and are the most common types of birth defects, affecting 8 out of every 1,000 newborns,” according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Room 84, located at 84 Washington Street, will be serving light hors D’oeuvres, beer, wine and cocktails during the three-hour event.
Michael Rodriguez contributed to this report.