MILLBURN, NJ - Millburn High School students, faculty and Millburn residents came together in South Mountain Reservation on Sunday for the Inaugural 5k walk to raise money for Comfort Project 360.
Comfort Project 360 is a non-profit organization that dedicates itself to accommodating the non-medical needs of cancer patients and their families. With other fundraisers throughout the years, Comfort Project 360 has provided patients with comfortable robes, snacks for the long waits during chemotherapy sessions, renovated radiation oncology rooms to make it more spa-like and many additional improvements to ease the process for cancer patients.
Although co-founders Suzanne Unger, who lost her mother to breast cancer, and Hyla Weiss, a two-time breast cancer survivor, have been key players in fundraising and spreading awareness about the cause and the organization, Millburn High School students masterminded the successful 5k.
Senior Ally Langendorf and sophomore Skyler Bloom are Millburn High School Ambassadors for the organization.
“I wanted to get involved in a charitable organization that helped people in our community,” said Langendorf. “My grandma is currently being treated at St. Barnabas and benefits from the wonderful things Comfort Project 360 does.”
Langendorf and Bloom were able to attract many of their classmates from MHS to support the cause. New MHS Athletic Director, Francesco Bifulco encouraged all of the fall sports coaches to promote the walk to their players. As a result, many student-athletes were in attendance.
“It’s really beautiful that young people at this age of their life, where there are so many other things they can be doing, like sleeping, and playing Xbox. Instead, they came out in the morning to support cancer patients and their families” said Weiss.