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A Pie in the Face With a Purpose

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Math teacher and wrestling coach Andy Fitz takes a pie in fundraising stunt for a child with a terrible skin disease. Credits: Rick Epstein
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ALEXANDRIA, NJ - Intermingled with Delaware Valley High School’s Bring Your Child to Work Day on Thursday was a fundraiser for a child with a grievous and incurable disease.

Makenzie Cadmus is a 2-year-old in Hauppauge, N.Y., whose cousins Caitlin and Lianna Viespoli attend Del Val.  Makenzie has epidermolysis bullosa (EB), which means that being touched causes her skin to blister and peel, often resulting in infection.

With Bring Your Child to Work Day, coinciding with Disability Awareness Week, the Best Buddies club, led by Caitlin, and helped by the Key Club, scratched up $500 for Makenzie’s foundation. Janice Jones is the Best Buddies’ adviser.

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Earlier, students had voted with donations to decide which teacher would get a pie in the face – and the will of the people was executed in the gym at lunchtime Thursday before the basketball game that pitted the staff against the Unified basketball team.

Math teacher and wrestling coach Andy Fitz got a pie plate full of whipped cream right in the kisser, administered by assistant wrestling coach Trevor Stiefken, who was also on the docket for a pie. Stiefken’s pie was applied by student Christian Turner, whose own desire for a pie in the face was accommodated by Stiefken.

The fundraising for Makenzie also included “Rock the Socks.” For this activity, each participant – Best Buddies and visiting children -- paid $1 and then decorated a white sock. It is part of a campaign dreamed up for Makenzie’s particular affliction because after her hands receive their daily bandaging, socks are slipped on for additional protection.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.helpmakenzie.com.

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