SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In 2001, Rob Mattar, then a junior at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, was given the life altering news that he had testicular cancer. 

Determined to rally around Rob while he fought the disease, his group of friends shaved their heads in solidarity, raised funds for the American Cancer Society, and ultimately launched the first chapter of the Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC).

Nearly 19 years later, Rob and this same group of friends are making the dream of expanding SMAC to a national level a reality by becoming an official 501(c)(3) organization. On January 12, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., SMAC, Inc. will host its first official event at Shackamaxon Country Club.

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The event will feature keynote speaker, Daniel Weiss, current CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former President of Lafayette College/SMAC advisor, recognition of current and new SMAC chapters. These include Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Union Catholic, Arthur L. Johnson High School (Clark), and Pingry, among others.

More information about the event, SMAC’s history and vision for the future, and ways to be a part of empowering a nation of students to be the next generation of cancer fights can be found on, Instagram, and Facebook is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.