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Aspiring Kindness Foundation Makes Donation to St. Barnabas in Honor of SHU Fire Victim

From left: Chris Ruhren, assistant vice president, patient care services; Mike Merizio, Jim Merizio, Sean Magee, Corey Frueler, Jason Tarantino, Shaun Fine, Aron Lukacs, Joseph Karol and Candy Karol. Holding the check are Beverly Foster, director, Burn Foundation, and Dr. E. Hani Mansour, medical director, The Burn Center. Credits: Courtesy St. Barnabas Medical Center

LIVINGSTON – A foundation established in memory of Seton Hall University fire victim Aaron Karol donated $16,000 to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas Medical Center.

The organization, The Aspiring Kindness Foundation, was founded in January 2010 by a group of friends at Watchung Hills Regional High School to honor Karol, who died in the Boland Hall fire in January 2000.

“We chose St. Barnabas Medical Center due to the critical role the Burn Center played with the Seton Hall tragedy,” foundation President Jason Tarantino said in a news release. “This is Aspiring Kindness Foundation’s largest donation since we launched.”

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Dr. E. Hani Mansour, medical director of The Burn Center, said in a news release, “We are humbled by the ireless efforts and commitment of the foundation members to remember their friend while improving the lives of others.”

The foundation has made donations to fire departments and EMT services, including in South Orange, as well as funding the Aaron Karol memorial scholarship. This is the foundation’s first donation to the Burn Center at St. Barnabas.

Founding members include Tarantino, Shaun Fine, Corey Frueler, Sameer Joshi, Aron Lukacs, Sean Magee, Jim Merizio and Michael Merizio.

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