Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield raised $3,500 for the Hugs for Brady Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that raises childhood cancer awareness and assists New Jersey families with suffering children. Led by Roosevelt’s Student Council, the 6th, 7th and 8th graders raised over $1,000 in donations in one single week during lunchtime to purchase a Brady Buggy, which is a small wagon that children in hospitals can ride in; the IV pole attaches to the back. During charity week, the students competed in games to support the fundraising and the Student Council sold t-shirts. Roosevelt’s generous teachers volunteered to be pie toss targets to raise funds for the charity.
In August, nurses from the pediatric wing of JFK Hospital in Edison were presented with the Brady Buggy. In addition to the words of thanks from the nurses, the Student Council received a note of appreciation from Sherrie Wells, the mother of Brady who died at the age of two from a rare form of childhood cancer.