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FTHS Athletes Raise Money for JAR of Hope

Throughout the fall season, sports teams at Freehold Township High School fundraised to donate money to local charity JAR of Hope.

JAR of Hope is a non-profit organization with a mission to fundraise to assist in researching for a cure to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). According to the organization’s website, DMD is a form of muscular dystrophy that is caused by a mutation of the dystrophin gene—located on the X chromosome. The absence of dystrophin in the body causes muscles to deteriorate and break down. DMD is the most frequently occurring and one of the most rapidly progressive childhood neuromuscular disorders. Due to the way DMD is inherited, boys are primarily affected.

The high school’s fundraising initiative was led by Gabby Zuczek, a junior soccer player. Members of the student body along with Freehold Township Mayor Barbara McMorrow attended the school’s Senior Night football game on October 25th when a push-up challenge fundraiser was held. Altogether, the school community raised close to $2,000 for JAR of Hope through its fundraising efforts.

Check presentation- Adam Brusotti (SECA), Jim Raffone (Founder-JAR), Gabby Zuczek (student), Dr. Alicia Scelso (Principal)

Gabby Zuczek (Student), Barbara McMorrow (Mayor) and Jim Raffone (Founder-JAR) at football game

Students participating in the push up challenge on Oct. 25th