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Grandchildren of Late Ponzio’s Owner Make Cooper Cupcakes to Benefit Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper

Front row, left to right: Niko Fifis, 4, Gianna Fifis, 9, Alaina Fifis, 7, Caiden Banzali, 3, Amanda Banzali, 24; Middle row, left to right: Demetrios Fifis, 9, Yianni Fifis, 11; Back row, left to right: Marco Fifis, 1, Violetta Fifis, 14, Dimitrios Fifis, 12.

The grandchildren of Jim Fifis, the late owner of Ponzio’s Diner-Bakery-Bar in Cherry Hill, N.J., recently took over the diner’s kitchen to decorate Cooper Cupcakes to benefit the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper.

Click here to view a photo gallery of the Fifis grandchildren making cupcakes.

Fifis was the long-time owner of Ponzio’s before he died in 2007 of lung cancer. His dying wish was for his three sons Nick, John and Chris to advocate for a cure for lung cancer and work to raise the awareness about the dangers of smoking.

In his memory, the Fifis family and The Cooper Foundation of Cooper University Hospital launched the Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund at Cooper. Now in its third year, the fund raises money to help ensure patients have access to the most advanced and most up-to-date cancer care available.

Featuring the signature red “C,” the new Cooper Cupcakes will soon be on sale at Ponzio’s, Cooper University Hospital and Ravitz ShopRite stores and will cost $5 each. Back by popular demand, Cooper Cookies will also return.

In addition to selling Cooper Cupcakes and Cooper Cookies, the Fifis family and The Cooper Foundation will hold its third annual Jim Fifis Lung Cancer Research Fund event on Tuesday, September 24. Tickets are $125 each and are available by visiting cooperhealth.org/foundation or calling 856-963-6704. Sponsorships are also available.