Dear Holmdel Residents, 

Let me tell you a story about Vicky Flynn.

When I learned last summer that I had cancer, my doctor at Memorial Sloan Kettering felt I was a good candidate for an aggressive combination of three powerful chemotherapy drugs that had shown progress.  He liked to call it a “spicy” cocktail. 

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The first round, which involved two drugs, went fine, but when they added the third drug, I experienced intensive nausea.  The doctors gave me four anti-nausea medications to control it, but nothing worked.  I spent three days vomiting and my body weight dropped below 170 pounds for the first time since college.

I was lying in bed, feeling completely miserable, when I got a call from Vicky.

“How are you doing?” she asked.

I was honest and graphic.  Vicky was unfazed.

“What can I do to help?” she responded.

I became a little nostalgic.  I remembered a home-remedy my mother used to make when my brothers and I got sick as kids—lukewarm liquid Jello.  When I told her about it, she was both quizzical and curious.

“What flavors do you like?” she said.

“I don’t know. Lime. Orange. I never really thought about it.”

“Fine” was her answer.  We then talked about school board stuff, I thanked her for checking up on me, and we ended the call.

Thirty minutes later, the doorbell rang.  It was Vicky Flynn, her arms filled with a half dozen cartons of Jello of various flavors.  Reflecting her own sense of detail, she wasn’t taking any chances. 

Funny thing. That Jello actually worked.  I started feeling better and in time, gained back all that lost weight.  The doctors eventually figured out the right combination to control the nausea, and today, I’m happy to say that my tumor has shrunk more than 90 percent.  I can see a pathway for recovery.

Unfortunately, there is no medical solution for the nausea I feel from the political attacks that Vicky has had to endure over the last few weeks.  Her record of community service is impeccable. Her leadership unquestioned. And her opponents know this. They wish to hide their own shortcomings by tearing down a strong and accomplished female leader with distortions and innuendo, and in the process, they are willing to sacrifice the reputation of Holmdel’s most important asset, the School District, for their short-sighted aims. Let me add that Vicky’s running mate, DJ Luccarelli, is quite accomplished himself, a successful businessman who has dedicated countless hours to organizations like the local Kiwanis Club and the Francis Foundation as well as his service on the Holmdel Zoning Board.  They make a great team.

When people with integrity, like Vicky and DJ, say they are willing to give their time and energy to help make our community a better place, it makes sense to seize that opportunity. That’s why I urge my Republican friends to vote for Flynn and Luccarelli for Holmdel Township Committee.

Mike Sockol

Disclaimer: Mike’s comments are his own, and do not reflect the perspectives of the Holmdel School Board or its members.