Madison Mail Carrier Honored By Cancer Charity

MADISON, NJ - At Sunday's Hometown Heroes Brunch Madison letter carrier David Fiore, part-time DJ and friend of the The T.J. Martell Foundation, Music's Promise for Curing Cancer, was honored by organizers.

Tony and Vicky Martell were long time Madison residents. Tony worked his way up through CBS Records and when his teenaged son T.J. passed away from leukemia he used his platform to raise money to start a foundation to fund cancer research. The Foundation has raised $300 million and counting for cancer research.

The brunch is the T.J. Martell Foundation's annual New Jersey Dinner, this year renamed The Hometown Heroes Brunch. The Martell Foundation holds many events around the country, including an annual Family Day in New York and L.A. Years ago, a component of New York Family Day was a Walk A Thon through Madison. The Walk was held for 20 years and raised $2 million dollars.

Fiore has been a mail carrier in Madison for many years. He freelances as a DJ, and through his side job he met residents Joyce and Gary Ruckelshaus, who introduced him to Tony Martell. Martell began using Fiore's services.

Through the years, Fiore became a good friend to the Foundation as well as a great friend to Martell, organizers said. Fiore has always helped the communities around him and supporting charities, including volunteering his DJ services, working with families of first responders and rebuilding the Dodge Field Playground in Madison, officials noted. He worked with the Presbyterian Church during the letter carriers food drive to keep the donations local to the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morristown.

When it was decided to end the Walk-a-Thon and create the "Tony and Vicky Martell Evening of Jazz" dinner, Fiore was a charter committee member that worked tirelessly to fundraise and make a journal a reality, organizers said.

The New Jersey event acknowledges and honors citizens who make a difference and organizers noted that Fiore's connection to Martell, the family and the Foundation made him a natural fit for this year's brunch.