Nearly 50 members of the Morristown-Beard community participated in the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk to benefit the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack-Gladstone on April 17th.
Before the Walk, MBS volunteers helped the Matheny residents disembark from their buses using hydraulic wheelchair lifts. The residents were then “cued-up” for the two-mile Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk around Natirar. Following the Walk, the residents were escorted back to their buses and returned to the Matheny Medical and Educational Center for a celebration picnic.
At the celebration picnic, MBS seniors Neale Gadde ’11 and Caroline Hollander ’11 presented Matheny Executive Director Steven Proctor with a donation envelope from the MBS community. Morristown-Beard student volunteers, friends and families raised more than $2,600 in pledge donations for Matheny. The student body at MBS, though a fundraiser, contributed a check for another $250.
Morristown-Beard students who participated in the event include: Jordyn Block ’14, Marissa Cohen ’12, Danielle DiRaddo ’14, John Fay ’11, Gina Finelli ’13, Jake Fishter ’11, Grace Fleming ’13, Devon Flinn ’14, Neale Gadde ’11, Drew Hartel ’11, Caroline Hollander ’11, Delaney Jones ’14, Mackenzie Keck ’11, Emily Kellogg ’13, Robert Kirby ’14, Kennedi Monteith ’14, Hayley Morris ’14, Caroline Moss ’14, Forest Nugent ’11, Lizzy Pellicane ’13, Yin Yin Petersen ’12, Danielle Popper ’13, Dusty Pribor ’12, Micaela Reilly ’14, Brian Schmitt ’14, Hilary Smith ’11, Spencer Stefick ’14, Julia Sweeney ’14, Caroline Szuch ’13, Vessa Taylor ’13, Emilio Trentini ’14, and Max Weinstein ’14.
The Morristown-Beard School Matheny Volunteer Program, currently under the direction of MBS faculty William Lamson and Andrea Chipana, has been bringing student volunteers to the Matheny campus steadily every Monday afternoon each year, for the nine years that Lamson has been at MBS. Thanks to the cooperative efforts of Gail Cunningham of Volunteer Services and the staff in Recreational Therapy, the program has grown consistently over those years to where there are now approximately 75 Upper and Middle School volunteers. Their volunteer effort is rotated in groups of seven students per trip.
Founded in 1946, the Matheny Medical and Educational Center provides comprehensive healthcare for children and adults with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and Lesch-Nyhan Disease.