ROSELAND — Meghan Gambichler of Roseland was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 at age 14, then two years later she was declared cancer-free and now attends New York University through the support and generosity of The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund.
On Sunday, March 1, The Jay Fund participated in the first national “Push Ups for a Cause” event in partnership with the fitness program facility, Training for Warriors at 55 fitness locations across more than 10 countries.
For every pushup completed, one dollar was donated to The Jay Fund. The “Push Ups for a Purpose” event raised more than $20,000 and donations are still rolling in, according to the organization.
Although, Gambichler, 22, could not participate due to a bone disease she developed as a side-effect from chemotherapy, she attended the event to support those involved and provide them with an inside look at the children they are helping, she said.
“Meghan is a very kind, gregarious, articulate and striking young woman, whose desire and determination will bring her to great places,” Keli Coughlin, Tom Coughlin’s daughter and Jay Fund executive director, said. “She always makes time to volunteer her time to many places especially focusing on opportunities to be an ambassador for other kids with cancer.”
“Push Ups for a Purpose” positively affected thousands of families through hard work and generosity by the more than 1,000 participants, Keli Coughlin said.
“This event is an unprecedented testament to the love those of us at the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund see every day,” she said.