Raising Awareness About Matheny
Is Primary Goal of ‘Team Schapiro’


The Schapiro family on a recent visit to Matheny:
From left, 10-year-old Sydnee, Stacy, adult patient
Annie Paloff, Eric, eight-year-old Jake and
four-year-old Josh.

When the Schapiro family of Basking Ridge decided to create a webpage to support Miles for Matheny,  it set $500 as a fundraising goal.  As of March 29, The Schapiro Team had raised $515, with nearly three weeks to go.  But, says Eric Schapiro, “While fundraising is important, it’s more important to raise awareness.”

Up until a couple of years ago, the Schapiros’ awareness of Matheny was marginal.  Then, they attended a Chanukah party at Congregation B’Nai Israel in Basking Ridge and happened to sit at the same table as the Desatnick family.  Bryan Desatnick, the son of Lloyd and Edana Desatnick, is a residential student at Matheny.  The families became friendly, and the Schapiros’ understanding and appreciation of Matheny increased dramatically.  Contributions to the Team Schapiro webpage are coming from friends, relatives and Eric’s co-workers at the G-III Apparel Group in New York City.  The message on the page simply says:  “We are participating in Miles for Matheny to show our support for the residents, families, patients and staff of this wonderful facility.”

The 14th annual Miles for Matheny, being held Sunday, April 17, at Natirar Park in Peapack will be the Schapiro Team’s first, and the family members, depending on their age, will participate in either the Kids Fun Run or the Lu Huggins Wheelchair Walk, or both.  There is also a 5K run and five cycling routes, all followed by a celebration picnic.  Funds raised will help support the Matheny Center of Medicine and Dentistry, which provides medical, dental and therapy care to inpatients and people with disabilities in the community.

To learn more about Miles for Matheny or to register, log onto www.milesformatheny.org or call (908) 234-0011, ext. 260.  To support The Schapiro Team, go to Search for Participant and type in the name.


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