Tired of hearing about how the youth of today are self-centered and apathetic? Well, here’s some proof as to how very, very untrue that sentiment is.
On Thursday, June 13th, some very talented members of Cranford High School’s performing arts community will present the 2013 Call for a Cure Concert in the Cranford High School auditorium. The idea is to sing and dance their way towards helping the Friends of Colin organization raise money to fight Ewings Sarcoma, a cancer that took one of their classmates. Tickets are $8.00 in advance, and $10.00 at the door, and can be purchased by emailing Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colin Maher was a teenage Retford Avenue resident in 2010 when he ultimately succumbed to Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer predominantly found in pediatric patients. Because of his love for candy, and the fact that he hosted the Retford Avenue Easter egg hunt, a fund-raising Easter egg hunt is continued in his honor to this day. The organization, begun by a group of Colin’s teenage peers and comprised of friends and neighbors who wish to honor his memory and fight the disease that took their friend at such a young age, continues to raise money and awareness of the ravages of Ewing sarcoma, with other events, as well, such as this upcoming concert. Check out their website at http://friendsofcolin.org.
Ryan McGann, Maggie McKay, and Gary Hoffman, the originators of Friends of Colin, were nominees for the 2013 Russ Berrie Award for Making a Difference as unsung heroes of the community. They are true living testimonials, not only of good citizenship, but of true friends who never forget. Help them to remember their friend Colin, and help to eliminate a terrible illness, enjoy some talented young people, and marvel at how a few teens work so very hard to make a difference to their community.