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Friends of Colin Set to Host Annual Egg-Hunt

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CRANFORD - The 7th annual Colin Maher Easter Egg Hunt will take place on  April 1 at Hanson Park.

The egg-hunt began as an idea of Cranford teens to honor the memory of a friend and raise money in fight of Ewing’s Sarcoma. A childhood cancer that took the life of their dear friend and neighbor, Colin Maher.

The event is open to children 10 years-old and younger. Advanced registration can be done at www.friendsofcolineasteregghunt.eventbrite.com Registration is $10 but early registrants pay $8 before March 24.For more information visit www.friendsofcolin.org .

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Over the past seven years, Friends of Colin events have grown to include: the egg- hunt, a turkey-trot in November, and benefit concert in June. The group has raised tens of thousands of dollars to benefit research for a cure to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer that has only a few doctors working on it.

Friends of Colin donates the funds to Dr. Jeffrey Toretsky, a researcher at Georgetown University who now has a drug going to clinical trials.

Maher was a twin. He loved magic, turtles and his dog, Casey. He loved Halloween, candy, especially Pez candy dispensers and snow. His sense of humor was dry but funny. He was part of a tight high school friend group, many who continue to visit the family today. His twin sister has grown, finished college, and is now a nurse in Massachusetts.

Maher passed on Feb. 9, 2010, and neighbor Ryan McGann vowed to organize friends and neighbors to continue the fight against this rare, but very deadly disease.

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