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Jake Friedman on fundraising mission with T-shirts [Clarksville]

Jake Friedman is seen wearing one of the T-shirts he is selling to raise funds in the fight against Crohn's Disease.
Jake Friedman is seen wearing one of the T-shirts he is selling to raise funds in the fight against Crohn's Disease. (submitted photo)

Jake Friedman, a junior at River Hill High, has been a starter on the varsity lacrosse team for two years in addition to being a past member of the cross country team, indoor track team and allied soccer team. Jake is a scholar athlete.

During his sophomore year, Jake was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. This has been a difficult year for him, but one marked by extreme perseverance, resilience, strength and courage. He is determined to take something difficult and turn it into something positive.

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Wanting to help raise money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America to help fund research to find a cure for the disease, Jake designed a logo and slogan to have a T-shirt made. The T-shirts have been printed and Jake is busy selling them. In the first week, the first batch sold out. The profits, over $1,000, have been donated and more T-shirts have been printed. Jake wants to sell as many as he possibly can. It is very encouragingand heart warming forJake and his family to be out and about town seeing people wearing his T-shirts.

To support this tough young man and his T-shirt sales, send an email to jfforacure@gmail.com. Shirts are available in S, M, L and XL. They sell for $18. All proceeds go to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation for research to find a cure.

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You might also want to check to see how great the River Hill lacrosse team has been this year.

Another winning T-shirt designer is Kenzie Kleinberger. She won a $25 Target gift card as winner of the fourth annual T-shirt contest for the Fun Run/Walk at Clarksville Middle School. Congratulations, Kenzie.

Take the family and meet up with friends at Belmont Manor and Historic Park for a free movie, "Moonstruck," June 2 at 8 p.m. Come early with a picnic supper. Popcorn and water will be available for a small fee. Maximum attendance is 300. Call 410-313-0200 to check for inclement weather.

Belmont is not open daily for public tours, but in addition to movie nights this summer, they will offer an open house on June 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. It's another opportunity to picnic in one of our most beautiful historic sites. Walk through the manor house, outbuildings and grounds or play outside games. The Howard County Conservancy operates a nature center in the Carriage House that will be open. It's all free for all ages to enjoy.

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A high school team from Howard County will join teams from Montgomery and Prince George's counties plus students representing the University of Maryland and Prince Georges Community College as finalists for the Innovate 4 Health Challenge. The teams will present their solutions and prototypes for cash prizes on June 4 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis as part of the Maryland Health IT Conference.

They will present market-ready solutions and creative prototypes to improve the health of Marylanders.

Mentored by Roxanne Zaghab, director of operations and business development at the Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions, Madisyn Steinberg, Hafeeza Mughal, Taylor Younkins, Narayani Wagli and Bianca Brady from River Hill High will represent Howard County. Their entry, Farm2Family, focuses on nutrition tailored for disease prevention and management.

Congratulations, team, and good luck.

The next lunchtime history lecture at the Howard County Historical Society Museum is set for June 5. Lee Preston will present "Archeology in Howard County." Bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats will be provided. Tickets are $5 for non-members. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The lecture runs from noon until 1 p.m. and is followed by an optional tour of the museum from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

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