Bree Marchione, left,
Judith Harr Shane,
and Jessica Albert

Thanks to 18 years of charitable giving by the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation, a young man’s mission continues to bring hope to the lives of others.

The foundation represents the enduring legacy of Joshua Harr Shane who embodied, from birth, the ethos of altruism. He cared deeply about others less fortunate than himself and because of this, had huge dreams of becoming a doctor.

During his junior and senior years at Hightstown High School, Joshua volunteered at the Princeton University Medical Center. He was one of the first teenage volunteers allowed to work in the operating room.

While a student at Rutgers University, during the summer of his sophomore year, Joshua continued to volunteer at the Princeton University Medical Center until a fatal collision brought unfathomable tragedy to the heart of the Shane family.

Yet with Joshua’s passing, a strength that is difficult for most people to even fathom after suffering the loss of a child was born.

Founded in 2000, this East Windsor Township nonprofit is one of the best kept secrets in New Jersey, not because it lacks marketing support — the foundation hails a team of more than 100 volunteers — but because the foundation’s leader, Judith Harr Shane, Joshua’s mother, is tirelessly focused on helping people every day of the year, as her son inspires her to do so without fail.

“Joshua’s dream was to become a doctor. He always helped people in need, from strangers to friends, and stood up for what he thought was right,” Joshua’s mother said.

At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in Hamilton, the foundation opened the Joshua Harr Shane Patient Rehabilitation Room for Physical Therapy and the Joshua Harr Shane Stroke Gym in 2016.

“Through our partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Joshua continues to touch the lives of each and every person who visits his therapy rooms in Hamilton,” Mrs. Shane said. In June, the Joshua Harr Shane PET/CT Suite at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

The good work of the foundation has been recognized by the New Jersey State Legislature, McGuire Air Force Base, Better Beginnings, Camp Mike Spann and in 2017 won The Times of Trenton 51st annual Holiday Appeal.

“What is unique about us is that we deal directly with individuals, helping families through extremely difficult situations one-on-one,” Mrs. Shane said.

The foundation strives to bring a smile to others and brighten people’s days through charitable giving focused on education including individuals with special needs, covering medical expenses of children with serious health conditions, sending disaster relief to hurricane victims, through Josh’s Dream at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey, and by supporting the U.S. military and their families

For instance, on November 30, the Joshua Harr Shane Foundation mailed nine holiday care packages to the Middle East for U.S. Marines serving in Bahrain. Also seasonal packages were dropped off in East Windsor at Triangle Printing for delivery to the Long Beach Island Coast Guard.

“We hope this brings a little bit of home to our military friends,” Mrs. Shane said.

The Joshua Harr Shane Foundation has donated more than $1.5 million to help people in need.

Funding primarily comes from various events held in the Princeton region, including highly anticipated celebrations at Mercer Oaks in West Windsor. Tickets to attend the organization’s festive St. Patrick’s Day Party, March 16, and the Joshua Golf Classic, June 18, sell out regularly.

By dedicating the foundation’s resources to helping individuals and families in need directly, Joshua Harr Shane’s lifelong mission to champion lost causes, second chances and unwavering compassion shall continue to thrive.

To support the foundation, visit: www.jofiveshuaharrshane.org. Engage via social media online with: #JoshLives

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