The Helpful Hearts organization jumped into action after learning about the birthday wishes of an 11-year-old boy who, while under the care of Hospice, wanted to fulfill a few dreams. Stephen Scully of Frenchtown is suffering a genetic neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 1. The Helpful Hearts organization held this special birthday event on Saturday, Jan. 12, in his honor, an arranged many great surprises.
Helpful Hearts jumped into action after learning about the birthday wishes of an 11-year-old boy who, while under the care of Hospice, wanted to fulfill a few dreams. Stephen Scully of Frenchtown is suffering a genetic neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 1. The Helpful Hearts organization held this special birthday event on Saturday, Jan. 12, in his honor, an arranged many great surprises.
Joe Morrison from MPG Racing was “honored” to join in Stephen’s birthday celebration, taking his dragster out of storage for the winter, and trailering it to Frenchtown. Joe also was able to have Stephen speak via Face Time with Jack Beckman, the NHRA Funny Car World Champion in 2012, and arranged for Stephen to speak with Austin Dillon, the next up and coming Nascar great.
Katie Brown, 20, and Steve Gooditis, 18, helped to fulfill another dream. They arranged for a Monster Truck rally to honor Stephen. The rally began at Hunterdon Central High School, escorted by the Raritan Township Police Department, caravanning down into the town of Frenchtown. They were able to get Krazy House to join the rally, and their Monster truck came from South Jersey for the event. Steve and Katie did a great job fulfilling this wish for Stephen.
Stephen has always had a special spot in his heart for his country and the service men and women. Surprising him was Colonel Wayne Green of the Army who arrived with Sean McMahon, a soldier who was wounded during his deployment in Afghanistan. All branches of the military were represented, some of those included; Joe Yuzuik, Marine Corps Sergeant and Vietnam vet, and Mark Pardis and Don Mack from the Marine Corp League. Colonel Green presented Stephen with a General’s certificate, and a Commanders coin. The Department of Defense, through DoD Directive 1348.19, implements this statute throughout the Armed Forces, and delegates authority for establishing the policies for awarding Commander’s coins to military members and units of the Department of Defense for excellence in accomplishments related to the Armed Forces. Colonel Green also presented medals from the Somerset County Office of Veteran’s Services, provided by Peter Niemic (retired Navy). These medals have been awarded to Somerset County veterans only, no civilian has ever been acknowledged in this manner. Stephen Scully is the first civilian to ever receive this honor.
The Frenchtown Police Department was supportive in organizing the rally of trucks into their small town. They set up the event in the parking lot of Kathee’s General Store, controlling the traffic, and maintaining a safe environment for all the well- wishers in attendance.
Helpful Hearts fulfilled three of Stephen’s wishes on that day, and plan to continue to support his needs in the future. The organization grew from a small group of people who saw a need and wanted to help. Today the organization has an established board and functions as a nonprofit to provide meet needs other organizations might be too big to notice. The members of Helpful Hearts have come together to help those in need without discrimination, only reaching out with support and compassionate hearts.
To learn more about Helpful Hearts, or contribute to Stephen’s needs, visit, helpfulhearts.webs.com.