Pictured during the St. Jude Cards for Kids event at Red Bank Regional High School are (standing, left to right) Mike Hanlon, Jack McMahon; (sitting) Sophie Morris, Megan Zabarsky, Madison Ciccone, and Isabella Ramos. The students were among the more than 75 participants who created 125 fanciful holiday cards filled with best wishes for the children at St. Jude’s Hospital in Chicago. RBR teachers Jennifer Casaine and Cassandra Dorn act as coordinators for the activity, which expanded this year to two extra days, and which drew the participation of everyone from athletes to International Baccalaureate students.
By MARIANNE KLIGMAN
RBR Community Information Officer
Jack McMahon always wanted to participate in a team sport in school. When he entered fifth grade, the ‘Junior Buc Wrestling’ signs that dotted his Little Silver neighborhood caught his eye just about the same time his neighbor, a volunteer wrestling coach, caught his ear. Soon Jack began to play in club wrestling as well as the Junior Bucs program.
As a freshman at Red Bank Regional (RBR) this past year, he was delighted to realize his dream and wrestle for the Buccaneers. During his athletic season, however, he started experiencing lethargy, excessive thirst and hunger, symptoms that might affect any growing teenager in high school. However, in early May when he complained about blurred vision, alarm bells sounded for his mother who, ironically, is a pharmaceutical sales rep with a specialty in diabetes.