by Chris McGlynn
Residents from Cranford, Westfield and Kenilworth gathered to support four-year-old Cranford resident Will Shields in a fundraiser entitled “Walk 4 Will” at the David Brearly Athletic Fields in Kenilworth on May 18.
Will is the son of English Teacher Ms. Kara Shields and has gone through months of battling adrenal cancer.
According to Shields, Will is now cancer-free. The event was held to help relieve Shields’ medical bills.
Will’s teacher, Ms. Stacy Nick, was inspired by Will’s journey to create the funraiser. She said, “He’s had a difficult road, and it’s been a while since we’ve seen that side of this energetic little boy.”
Initially, the event’s goal was 1,000 laps around the track. They finished with over 3,500 laps, according to Nick.
Cranford Mayor Mr. Tom Hannen and Kenilworth Mayor Ms. Kathi Fiamingo were in attendance. Both mayors expressed how proud they were of their respective communities. Said Hannen, “Will’s cause is our cause.”