CHATHAM, NJ - There is something about the bond of childhood friendship that can never be broken.
That's the way it is for Chatham's Josh Toolajian and his childhood friend, Teddy Ahsler, who was a 15-year-old sophomore at Chatham High when he lost his battle with cancer.
Ten years later, Toolajian, friend Anthony Reel and the Ahsler family want to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his passing with a "Tedwinners Walk" that will benefit the "Make-A-Wish New Jersey" foundation.
Toolajian visited his friend's grave in Fair Mount Cemetery on April 25, the day he died 10 years ago, and manages to get back there to visit on a regular basis.
"It's a real friendship that's still with me," Toolajian said. "I remember him as being goofy, clowning around and having a lot of laughs. He was really a smart, bright kid.
"He was one of my best childhood friends that I grew up and played sports with. Our parents were friends. I keep in touch with his two brothers. I'm a part of their family and they're a part of my family. It's a real friendship that's still with me."
In 2005, Teddy Ahsler participated in a Make-A-Wish walk that raised money to send a family to Hawaii for the NFL Pro Bowl.
"When we were told that we sent a family to the pro bowl it was aweseome," Toolajian said. "It really helped Teddy get through a hard time and helped take his mind off it for a while by granting someone's wish."
Teddy also had his own wish granted when he got to meet quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers.
"The Packers did it up big," Toolajian said. "He had an all-inclusive trip to Green Bay and a locker next to Brett Favre's."
The Tedwinners Walk, scheduled on Ahsler's birthday, will start at Nash Field and will continue on Southern Boulevard and Lafayette Avenue before ending at Chatham High School.
"We haven't done anything like this before," Toolajian said. "It's a big deal for everyone to be here on his birthday."
Those wishing to participate are encouraged to wear green in Teddy's honor for the walk from Nash Field to Chatham High School set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21.
Those who want to donate can go to the Make A Wish donation page below.
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