ROXBURY, NJ – The Roxbury High School Interact Club, working with the Roxbury Rotary Club, is collecting money for a scholarship in honor of Akira Kriscunas-Bradley, a Roxbury graduate who died in November four months after being diagnosed with cancer.
The Akira Kriscunas-Bradley Scholarship will be presented to a Roxbury High School student "with similar qualities to Akira,” according to the Interact Club.
“This scholarship will be awarding kindness, leadership, hope and resilience,” said the club. “Please donate to this worthy scholarship fund to help a current Roxbury High School student and honor a past Roxbury High School student.”
The recipient will be chosen by Kriscunas-Bradley’s family and the scholarship will be awarded at the Roxbury High School Senior Awards Night.
Those wishing to contribute can do so by sending a check - payable to the Roxbury Rotary Club and with “Akira” on the memo line - to Roxbury Rotary Club, P.O. Box 104 Succasunna NJ 07876.
Alternatively, checks can be delivered in person to Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford during the club’s Thursday meetings at LaStrada Restaurant on Route 10 in Randolph. The club meets from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Kriscunas-Bradley, of Landing, played for the Roxbury High School girls lacrosse team and danced competitively for 18 years, according to the Interact Club.
A Passion for Dancing and Teaching
After graduating from Roxbury, Kriscunas-Bradley attended County College of Morris and went on to dance professionally in New York City.
“She then found a passion for teaching when she became a dance instructor at Roxbury High School and Dance Expressions in Hackettstown,” said the club. “In her spare time, Akira worked for the New York Mets.”
Last July, Kriscunas-Bradley went to a hospital, believing she had pneumonia and bronchitis, said the Interact Club. “Later that week, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer,” it added.
A GoFundMe site launched in September by Donna Cicenia and Asia Hayes, raised $10,029 to help Kriscunas-Bradley pay for treatment. In it, Cicenia said a tumor was found in Kriscunas-Bradley's chest cavity.
Kriscunas-Bradley died Nov. 5, 2019, three days after turning 24.
“The Roxbury community is coming together to honor a beautiful life that was taken far too soon,” said the club. It described Kriscunas-Bradley as “a beautiful and kind-hearted daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend and teacher.”
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