Rolling with Scott

Rolling with Scott

When Scott’s mom, Julie, speaks about her son one thing is clear. He has quite an adventurous streak. It is reflected by his love of water and the happiness he exhibits when hanging out at the Matheny pool in the summer, as well as in the joy he radiates when friends or family members push him in his wheelchair at a rapid pace.

“He has always loved motion,” she says, “and anything that goes fast.”

Scott, an 18-year-old student and resident at Matheny, is the inspiration for the Miles for Matheny team “Rolling with Scott”, comprised of his family, extended family, and friends. This year’s 21st Annual Miles for Matheny marks the team’s seventh year participating in the event, which raises funds and awareness for the Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ.

Julie remembers with fondness their first Miles for Matheny event, shortly after Scott became a student.

“Everyone was so friendly. Dozens of teachers, therapists, and staff approached Scott, and by extension me, and spoke to us with such familiarity and affection.” She was not only struck by their friendliness, but by the amount of community members that came out to cheer the Matheny students and residents on that day.

Meanwhile, Scott blossomed at Matheny under his teachers and the caring staff. One of his favorites, teacher Gypsy Rain, exhibited a passion, creativity, and belief in her students that inspires everyone around her. “She set the standards for learning and creativity so high for all of her students, regardless of their challenges,” says Julie. “Gypsy, like everyone at Matheny, sees no limitations for our loved ones, and we are forever grateful.”

Over six years later when Scott moved to Matheny the Gordons found the same standards of excellence, compassion, and dedication they encountered in the school. “It’s a very hard decision to have your child live outside of your home,” Julie says, “and when Scott moved in to Matheny it was bittersweet. But it was the best ‘hardest decision’ we’ve ever made.”

His teacher, Gypsy, still visits his room where they have dance parties or just hang out.  He goes on school trips as well as outings with his fellow residents each month that include dinners out, movies, and baseball games. Julie is amazed at the amount and variety of outings Matheny provides for their students and residents. “They have this incredible staff who just make things happen,” she says. “Since Scott moved to Matheny, his world has just opened up.” This year, he will attend the Matheny Prom for the first time.

“Oftentimes we feel the world is not built for individuals with disabilities, but Matheny is.”

Scott’s love of motion and speed will serve him well on June 3 at Liberty Park in Peapack when Team “Rolling with Scott” takes their place in the wheelchair walk portion of the day. “There is such a sense of joy at ‘Miles’ for Scott and our family,” Julie says. “It’s that wonderful feeling that individuals with disabilities are embraced by the community. People cheer for them and we feel welcomed. It’s a beautiful, warm feeling.”

To register for Miles or make a donation, go to The Matheny Prom will take place on the Matheny campus on May 17, 2018. Go to to learn more.

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Matheny’s EIN # 22-1482276

Matheny Hospial Awarded Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

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Don’t Miss Miles for Matheny – 20th Anniversary!


Sunday, June 4, 2017
Liberty Park, 
Peapack, NJ

Register Donate/Sponsor Support a Participant

Miles for the Matheny is celebrating its 20th anniversary! It’s a community event and fundraiser that gathers patients, students, residents, families, friends, and neighbors to celebrate every person’s achievements and abilities rather than focus on their disabilities. Miles has something for everyone – wheelchair and fitness walks and several cycling events – it’s a fun day for all! When you sign up, you can support a friend, become a sponsor, or setup a team fundraiser. Register soon! Early bird rate ends on May 8th. 

Entertainment Begins at 10:00 am and ends at Noon

Face Painting

Free Breakfast

Free Popcorn, Cotton Candy, and Ice Cream

Liam Quat – Jugglers and Acrobats

 Petting Zoo

Red Bulls Street Team

La Fe Food Product Samples and more!

Download a copy of the 2017 Miles Brochure

Happy Birthday, Mr. Matheny!

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Happy Birthday to Chuck! Yesterday we celebrated Chuck’s 76th birthday with his favorite strawberry shortcake, ice cream, and many friends, staff, students, and residents.

It was a joyous celebration for all who attended.

Today is National Doctors Day!

March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day.  This day was established to recognize physicians, their work and their contributions to society and the community.  On National Doctors Day, we say “thank you” to our physicians for all that they do for us and our loved ones.Doctors week (2)

Plays by People, featuring original work by the talented Arts Access Playwrights!

Join us March 25 at 6pm for “Plays by People,” a collaborative event between the Arts Access Program at Matheny and Premiere Stages at Kean University that showcases staged readings of short plays written by (and in some cases performed by) #ArtsAccess artists with #disabilities. FREE and open to the public!

Please RSVP to to reserve your seat!

The Arts Access Program at Matheny, empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can fully participate in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, clients are provided with the tools and materials needed to take full creative control over their artistic journey. Arts Access provides clients with a nurturing environment for expression; a chance to interact with other artists; and an opportunity for performance and exhibition. This program is a vehicle through which disabled individuals can have their ideas; imagination and creativity come to life.

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Please join our students at the Morris Museum

March 9–12, 2017
Opening Reception
March 9, 6:00–8:00PM

Please join the Matheny School as we show off the great art of our students.

Access-ABILITY is the Morris Museum’s pioneering
series that showcases fine art created by artists
with disabilities. This exhibition highlights artwork
created by Matheny School students.
People with or without special needs are invited
to come and appreciate the works of art and the
artists who created them.

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for more information on this exhibition or click here for MathenyArtExhibition


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