Caley Coughlan joined Friendship Circle’s Mitzvah Volunteer Program in 2012. After attending a series of special needs sensitivity courses, Caley joined the 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 making it possible for these kids to attend Summer and winter camps, was a great way to do this.
Samuel Jeremy Alpern was born on February 1, 1972. He was the beloved son of Janice and David Cantor and big brother to Aviva Cantor. For much of his life, he was cared for by Pat Parker, whose family considered him one of their own. 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 of course, 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 he spent with us was a miracle worth celebrating. His memory will forever be an inspiration for us all.