BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater resident Jennifer Loughran, founding member of the Somerset Mask Squad, and her family are mourning the loss of their son, Finnegan, to TaySachs late Saturday.
A candlelight vigil was held outside the family home Sunday, and a private ceremony was held Monday.
Friends and family are encouraging the community to "light the night" Monday by lighting a candle and posting a picture to social media using #FlamesForFinn.
Loughran is the creator of the Mask Squad, which has raised more than $15,000 to help the community, county, state and beyond create and distribute necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to anyone who has needed it during the pandemic.
Their youngest son, Finn, was diagnosed just before the shutdown in March with TaySachs Disease, a disease that is believed to have led to the death of their daughter, Sylvia in 2013. Although she was never diagnosed, she had low tone at 14 months old and was special needs, similar to Finn's symptoms.
Loughran detailed their journey on her Facebook page, Finny's Fan Club.