The Jersey Shore is famous for many reasons, but most importantly we're famous for taking care of our own. When we all come together, time and time again we make magic happen. It's time to come to the aid of a young man from Brick who is battling cancer for a second time. Brick Dragon #75 Sean Martyn was on the field as recently as October of 2010. After being tackled during a game, Sean was taken to the hospital for what was expected to be a football related injury. The symptoms Sean was presenting were not due to a sprain or broken bone, they were due to a tumor. It was revealed that Sean had  Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer of the muscles attached to the bones.

Sean fought through round after round of radiation and chemotherapy to get a clean bill of health last summer. As many who have dealt with cancer before know, the risk of relapse is a frightening possibility. Sadly, a few months ago Sean learned that his cancer was back. It is currently Stage 4 and has spread into his bones.

Cancer affects more than just the individual, it affects friends and family. Sean continues his brave fight. However, the financial burden of a teenager fighting two bouts of cancer is staggering. Sean and his family need our help.

Here's How You Can Help

  • Share this article with everyone you know. Share it on Facebook, tweet it, email it to friends and family and businesses in the community. The more people who know about it, the more money we can raise for Sean.
  • Sunday, March 18th attend a fundraiser at Leggett’s in Manasquan from 2-6pm.  For $25 you get a buffet, two drinks and live music. All money goes to Sean and his family.
  • Read my colleague Kevin Williams' "Hometown View" for a great perspective on this story and the family's journey.

    This is what communities do. Help each other. I've been proud to call The Jersey Shore my home for life and there's one thing I know for certain. We always help our own.