Boy Scout Helps MS Society By Creating Patch

Jan 23, 2019

A local boy scout’s tribute to his step-mother resulted in a $2,000 donation to the National Mulitple Sclerosis Society. Michael Lemanski, who is active with Boy Scout Troop 66 in Barnegat Township, raised the money by designing and selling commemorative patches.

The project was done through the auspices of the Order of the Arrow’s Japeechen Lodge, which serves the Boy Scout’s Jersey Shore Council. The Order of the Arrow is an honor society that recognizes scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.

A junior at Donovan Catholic High School in Toms River, Lemanski became an Eagle Scout at age 14.

“He’s a very ambitious young man,” said his father, Robert Lemanski. “He very much wanted to do something in honor of his stepmom, who was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago.”

The patch, which is worn over a pocket flap, features the name of the lodge, an osprey and a sunset.

“He wanted something that would feature a coastal theme,” Robert Lemanski said.

The teen raised the money by selling 200 patches at $10 each.

The younger Lemanski said that while his stepmother, Leslie Lemanski, has struggled with the disease, her spirit remains strong.

“I want to be there for her, and I thought that raising money to help the society find a cure would be one way to help her,” he said.

“I was extremely impressed by his thoughts to make this very significant for all of us fighting MS,” said Mary Ellen Gervasini, who accepted the check on behalf of the society. “We were all touched by this gesture.” —E.E.

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