Students in Maple Place School including students of Noelle Albrink (left) collected donations for the Alexander Munoz Memorial Fund. Laura Munoz (right) personally came to collect the donations this month.
OCEANPORT: Students at the Oceanport School District got into the giving spirit this holiday season by contributing to two local charities in memory of two past class members.
Over the last few weeks, students at Wolf Hill Elementary School and Maple Place Middle School have been participating in the Charger Challenge to raise funds for the Kortney Rose Foundation and collect items for the Alex Munoz Memorial Fund.
The Alexander Munoz Memorial Fund created in the memory of Munoz, a 16-year-old Oceanport child who died in 2014 from brain and spinal cancer, with the intention of promoting awareness and supporting the needs of the adolescent, teen and young adult cancer community. It also provides an annual scholarship to deserving high school sections from Shore Regional High School.
The Kortney Rose Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charity created by Kortney's parents, after her death in 2006 from a rare brain tumor, to create her legacy of helping other children through the promise of research. Rose was also an Oceanport resident. Since its inception the foundation has built a playground in Kortney's name, donated over $1.5 million to the pediatric brain tumor research program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and helped establish its world-class Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium (CBTTC.org).
Hundreds of items have been collected for teenagers suffering from cancer at Monmouth Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and CHOP for the Munoz Fund and nearly $4,000 have been raised for The Kortney Rose Foundation.
Noelle Albrink, a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Maple Place School, said the donations have been given to the families and that their responses were overwhelming.
"They literally had tears in their eyes when they saw how much was collected," Albrink said.
Albrink, who taught Munoz, said this has been the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the school and that she is happy to see the students and their parents step up in such a big way. She said students in her homeroom alone were able to raise $634 for the Rose foundation.