HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Eight months ago, young Arjun Jain was forced to give up attending school on a regular basis and playing hockey, the sport he loves most.
Diagnosed with leukemia, Jain hasn't let that get in his way, according to Mayor Frank DelCore, who along with members of the Township Committee,commended him for his courage, bravery, compassion, and spirit at a recent meeting.
He continues to make entries to a blog he has started, “I am Arjun Jain,” chronicling his journey since the diagnosis. Through his daily blog Jain has shown an incredible spirit, display of courage and maturity beyond his years, according to DelCore.
Through his actions and affiliation as an honorary member of the Hillsborough High School Ice Hockey Team, he has brought awareness about leukemia to the public and demonstrated great resiliency during this time of adversity, and serves as a role model to others, Delcore added.
In the midst of his battle with cancer Jain continually expresses an interest in his blog to help others and wishes to make a difference, in his own words, “by showing them that staying positive can help you survive all the tough times."
The Hillsborough Township Committee recognized the Hillsborough High School Ice Hockey Team at the same meeting for embracing Jain while creating a sense of community and camaraderie. A proud mayor congratulated the team for their compassion and thoughtfulness.
The team also received a proclamation from the Township Committee for its 21-7-1 season and advancing to the NJSIAA Public A State Final.
Jain’s courage and his love of hockey caught the attention of team member Mike Panchery who approached Coach Chris Tommins with the idea of making Jain an honorary member of the Raiders Hockey Team.
Led by head coach Chris Tommins and assistant coach Chris Mikolajczky, team members include Nick Antonoff, Andrew Ely, Paul Fedora, Brock Forrest, Jamie Gaffney, Mike Jandoli, Nick Kepfinger, Jude Kurtas, Mike LoRicco, Jason LoRicco, Patrick Lewicki, Keegan McGowan, Mike Panchery, Seamus Parauda, Matt Palmer, Robert Renner, Holden Stack, Lleyton Soares, Jack Spitzer, Brendan Seramba, Jake Silver, Nathan Wolfe, Jason Wolff, and Jack Wash.
Tommins designated last year's Dec. 7th game as the Raiders' Hockey Fights Cancer game in association with the NHL’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative in November. At that game Arjun became an honorary member of the Hillsborough Ice Hockey team, dropping the ceremonial first puck and joining the rest of his new teammates on the scoresheet as number 2.