JC community unites to support Director of Enrollment


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Patriots show their support for Director of Enrollment Edward Maynard and his battle against colon cancer. The bracelets are being sold in the school store and the funds will go to Maynard and his family for hospital expenses.

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Director of Enrollment Edward Maynard was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in September. The community has responded by planning several events to help Maynard and promote cancer awareness.

According to social studies teacher Jacob Hollin, a close friend of Maynard, Nov. 4 will be Cancer Awareness Day.

“We’re having folks from Upper Chesapeake HealthLink come and give presentations,” Hollin said. Parents and alumni will also speak about their experiences with a variety of types of cancers.

As a fundraiser, “I’m 4 Eddie” bracelets are available for $10 in The Patriots’ Corner and online. All the profits will go to Maynard’s family for his medical bills.

“I think its incredible that the JC community is getting together to support its family member, Mr. Maynard,” Enrollment Office Manager Jennifer Falcone said. “It speaks volumes about the caliber of people who work [at] and attend JC.”

According to Hollin, the goal for fundraising is $10,000. The bracelets were sold at the Freshman Dinner on Oct. 14, and will be sold at coming school events, including the Homecoming football game and the Fall Sports Banquet.

“[The fundraiser] unites everyone for a common cause,” senior Tatiana Lazzeri said. Lazzeri is in Maynard’s advisory.

“[Maynard’s situation] is challenging, but he finds things to make him happy,” Lazzieri

If the $10,000 goal is reached, on Nov. 25, after the Thanksgiving Mass, Hollin will draw a student’s name from all those who have bought a bracelet. If the person selected is present and wearing the bracelet, that student will get to shave social studies teacher Anthony Del Puppo’s head.

“It dawned on Mr. Hollin and myself, as ridiculous as it sounds, that students will pay to see me get my hair cut,” Del Puppo said. “If it’s going to help [Maynard’s] family, why wouldn’t I [do it]?”

Additionally, the Bel Air Athletic Club is hosting “Mojo for the Maynards,” another fundraising event organized by Maynard’s family. “Mojo for the Maynards” takes place at 6 p.m. tonight, Oct. 17.

“We can [definitely] reach $10,000,” Falcone said. “I’d be surprised if we didn’t exceed that.”

Kathy Deaver is the Online Chief for The Patriot and jcpatriot.com.