PARAMUS, N.J˘ —Val Purciello, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer in December, died on Saturday. She was 57.
More than $21,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe as of Saturday morning for the single mom of four.
She worked as a childcare provider at Retro Fitness Hackensack and as a teacher in Paterson.
Support poured in from community members, some hailing Purciello as a "selfless and amazing" person.
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