Goshen grad keeps brother's spirit alive with
8, 2013 - On Sunday, June 2, hundreds of runners from
Orange County and beyond will participate in the 33rd Annual Classic 10K
and Rowley 5K in Middletown. Some will run to win; others just for fun.
But some will run to help keep a loved one’s memory alive – these
runners run for “Josh’s Team.”
Joshua Stamm, a Goshen High School graduate, passed
away in December 2007 from Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), a rare,
neurodegenerative disease. He was 27-years-old.
After his passing, Joshua’s family decided to honor
his generous spirit and love for life by creating a scholarship in his
According to Joshua’s brother, Matt, a
Goshen grad, musician and student in Long
Island, Joshua loved his time at Goshen High School. “It was a big part
of his life that provided him with great memories,” he said. “Josh was
so caring and giving, and it made sense to memorialize him in this way.”
Joshua Stamm Memorial Scholarship, a component of The Community
Foundation of Orange and Sullivan County, is awarded each year to a
Goshen High School graduate who despite a disability will pursue higher
education. According to the scholarship website, the worthy senior must
also demonstrate determination, caring, compassion, and an independent
spirit – just like Joshua.
In order to raise money for the scholarship, Matt
began organizing a team of runners – Josh’s Team – to
participate in the Classic 10K and Rowley 5K. The team has been
raising money since 2008 and has grown to more than 100
members; last year the team boasted 120
runners – and more are always welcome.
“Josh's Team members register
with a special registration form, and the race organizers
give back a portion of the race’s registration
fee from anyone who registers under Josh’s Team,” said
Matt. “The money is put towards the
scholarship as well as awareness about A-T.”
This year, Matt hopes to have even more people
running for Josh’s Team. “My brother had such a
caring, generous spirit,” he said. “It’s an honor to continue
helping people in his honor.”
To register for Josh’s
Team or for more information, visit the
Josh’s Team website.