RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Middle School student and Bulldogs football player Steven Nostrame, realizes how fortunate he is to be able to live with Juvenile Arthritis, and not suffer from it. When was just five years old, he noticed he could not hold his pencil and had problems closing his hand on his hockey stick. An MRI confirmed that Steven had Juvenile Arthritis.
On Saturday, Oct. 19 at Freedom Park in Randolph, Nostrame continued his fight to beat Juvenile Arthritis by running a bake sale at the Bulldogs home games against Hackettstown. Through the course of all the games, he raised $500 for the Arthritis Foundation.
It was a complete surprise to Steven when his Bulldog teammates from the Pee Wee team (6th grade), the Varsity team (7th & 8th grade) and cheerleaders, along with the Hackettstown Tigers’ players and cheerleaders, presented him with a check from the MCYFL (Morris County Youth Football League) Charity for $500.
The MCYFL Charity is celebrating its 10th year supporting local families. To date the MCYFL Charities has helped 38 local football, cheer and referee families to the tune of $160K and growing.
The ceremony was held at the 50-yard line, and was led by Steven’s teammates, Mason Wilson, Will Varanelli, and Jackson Magley, along with Pee Wee Coach Jerry Davis and MCYFL President Chuck Harvey. Steven’s Bulldog Teammates spoke about his treatments and his insistence on scheduling them around practice and games so he would not let his team down.
Fortunately, Steven’s Juvenile Arthritis can be treated. He continues to stay active, playing football and other sports.
Steven continues his fight against Juvenile Arthritis this winter during the Arthritis Foundation/ Jingle Bell Run at Passaic County Technical Institute on Sunday, December 8th. Steven is hoping to raise even more money and has set up a Juvenile Arthritis website for donations: https://events.arthritis.org/team/17533. The medicine that was used to treat Steven is a product of fundraising efforts like this and Steven is living proof in the success of continued research.
The foundation’s mission it is “To boldly pursue a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability”. They champion the fight against arthritis with life-changing resources, and have taken colossal steps to conquer this crippling disease, while helping millions of people tackle everyday battles.
The Nostrame family sincerely appreciates the generosity of the Randolph and Hackettstown families that supported this very worthy cause.