A student at Matawan Regional High School has been diagnosed with a rare and aggressive bone cancer that primarily affects children and adolescents. Now his fellow students are asking for your help.

On Dec. 17th, 2013, Joseph Ahmed, a much-loved 17-year old junior who was involved in football and wrestling, was diagnosed with Stage IV Ewing's Sarcoma, at which time he had already had several growths attacking multiple parts of his body.

At the start of his battle, he was seeing nearly instant results. He regained the weight he had lost due to the disease, his intense pain subsided, the tumors were rapidly shrinking, and his spirits were high.

Unfortunately, this peak was short-lived. Not only has the unbearable pain returned, but the disease has continued to spread with tumors encroaching the central nervous system. Joe is now at risk of becoming paralyzed if untreated.

Joe has been surrounded by an immense amount of love and support from his family and friends. This walk is the best way to bring the community together to fight for the common goal of keeping this young man from having his life so unfairly shortened. His classmate and friend Gabby says "Our school has his back and we are like family to him. He is so generous and would have done anything to help anyone."

(photo provided by Gabrielle Maria)

"Steps for Joe's Cure" takes place this Saturday, June 28th, starting with registration at 8 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m., at the Matawan Regional High School football field, 450 Atlantic Avenue in Aberdeen. $25 donation per participant and open donations will gladly be accepted. Entertainment, music, food, merchandise, raffles, and a great day to do a good deed...so please come if you can!

Cash, checks, and online donations are being accepted. Team up with your friends and help these high school students and the Aberdeen and Matawan Town Councils support this amazing student.

All proceeds go directly to the funding of Joe's treatment. For more information on registration, volunteering, or donating, click on www.stepsforjoe.org.