The East Suburbs gave back in a big way this week.
Members of the Fayetteville-Manlius community came together Friday to honor the memory of Matt Murphy, the varsity basketball team’s former team manager, who died of leukemia Oct. 20 in his freshman year at Syracuse University. Family, friends and acquaintances packed the ‘Hornet’s Nest’ for the F-M mens basketball game against Nottingham, which served as a benefit.
The team came up with black T-shirts, inscribed with Murphy’s favorite quote, “Impossible is Nothing,” and sold more than 400 of them, encouraging fans attending the game to wear those T-shirts. Those sales, along with other donations, added up to $4,500, with all proceeds benefiting the Golisano Children’s Hospital, where Murphy received treatment.
East Syracuse-Minoa helds its own “Hoops For the Hospital” fundraiser when F-M visited Monday, also to benefit the children’s hospital.
Four Seasons in Fayetteville on Saturday was host to the second annual Sled for RED, which raised money for AIDS Community Resources, a non-profit that educates youth about the dangers of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Twenty teams took part to raise $14,025, all of which will stay local.
Community participation in events such as these is ongoing, and we’re always learning about new ways to help out with worthy causes; a few weeks ago F-M students launched an ambitious campaign to raise $130,000 through this year’s Dance Marathon, the proceeds of which will go to Camp Good Days, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those who have been affected by cancer and other life challenges.
We say keep it coming, and commend the community for its willingness, time and again, to look within and give back.