About Jeremy’s Jump
Jeremy’s Jump is a 6-hour jump-a-thon to raise awareness, funds, and promote acceptance of children and teens with special needs. Jeremy’s Jump debuted in November of 2013 and was the idea of then 13 year old Caley Coughlan, a Friendship Circle “Teen Friend”, who wanted to do something special in memory of Jeremy Alpern (Cantor), her special friend and bowling buddy who passed away on February 25, 2013. Jeremy’s Jump will take place on Sunday, November 13th at Sky High Sports in Pineville, NC between 12:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. Funds raised will support social opportunities for local children and teens with special needs.
Here’s how it works:
With incredible community support in 2013 and 2014, Jeremy’s Jump succeeded in raising over $15,000 in its first two years. Your involvement this year will help make the goal of doubling that amount a reality!
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About Friendship Circle
Friendship Circle creates enduring and meaningful friendships between those with special needs, “Special Friends”, and teen volunteers, our “Teen Friends”, in the Greater Charlotte area.
Our core program pairs local teens and children with special needs for weekly visits, but hardly ends there. With a range of innovative activities and events, both at home and as a group, Friendship Circle creates a special environment of acceptance and love. Friendship Circle demonstrates that everyone is important, regardless of the obstacles and challenges they may experience. Teenagers, who often tend to be self absorbed, are the best group with whom to begin this education.
Friendship Circle is a 501(c)3 Tax Exempt organization. ID # 58-1482114
Samuel Jeremy Alpern, born February 1, 1972, was the beloved son of Janice and David Cantor and brother of Aviva Cantor. Though Jeremy’s physical abilities were limited, his ability to inspire others was as strong as ever. Jeremy’s smile shone for miles, and his enthusiasm was contagious. He loved being surrounded by music, action, noise, and definitely food. He loved blowing kisses and laughing at funny noises. Jeremy had a life expectancy of 3-5 years, and he passed away on February 25, 2013 at the age of 41. His life was a blessing, and every day with us was a miracle worth celebrating. His memory will forever be an inspiration for us all.
Caley Coughlan joined Friendship Circle’s Mitzvah Volunteer Program in 2012. After attending a series of special needs sensitivity courses, Caley joined Friendship Circle as a “Teen Friend” and was paired with Jeremy. While Caley joined Friendship Circle to impact the lives of others, she felt that Jeremy’s impact on her was even greater. After Jeremy’s untimely passing, Caley resolved to keep his memory alive by starting Jeremy’s Jump. Her goal was to enable children with special needs to share their smiles and enthusiasm with others. Caley decided that supporting exciting programs for children and teens with special needs was a great way to do this.