SUMMIT, NJ - Intra-school bragging rights will be on the line, but there is a much more important mission in play when Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (LCJSMS) holds it annual "Hoops for Humanity" basketball game.
Each year LCJSMS runs a Student vs. Faculty Basketball game and, while the game is a lot of fun for everyone, the ultimate goal is to raise money for a chosen organization.
In 2013, the event raised more than $5,000 dollars for the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) in honor of former LCJSMS Assistant Principal Erik Parks' nephew Kavan. In February of 2012, Kavan -- then just 19 months old -- was diagnosed with stage IV Neuroblastoma. The disease is a very rare pediatric cancer, with only 600 children diagnosed with it in United States per year.
Due to the efforts of COTA, Kavan is now cancer free. Kavan is only one of two children that has survived this type of cancer, and his story is featured in medical journals. Parks, and his extended family, are so very thankful for the support from LCJSMS and Hoops for Humanity.
This year, the LCJSMS student body voted on the organization that the event will support, and chose The Children's Craniofacial Association (CCA), a national, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with facial differences and their families. The CCA addresses the medical, financial, psychosocial, emotional, and educational concerns relating to craniofacial conditions.
The 2014 "Hoops For Humanity" will be held in the LCJSMS Main Gym on March 6 at 3 p.m.