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Making A Difference – Ludlow Residents

LUDLOW, Mass. (WGGB) — A community comes together to honor a young man who gave his life for his country.

Current and former Ludlow High School students came together Thursday to take part in the Sergeant Joshua Desforges Physical Fitness Challenge. It’s part of the fundraising effort underway for a memorial and scholarship to honor the young marine and Ludlow native who was killed in action in Afghanistan in May of 2010.

Thomas Cote came up with the challenge. He’s a Vietnam war marine veteran and former state trooper who’s now an attendance officer at Ludlow High. Cote says, “It’s all about remembering Josh and all about his family who sacrificed as well.”

Josh attended Ludlow High. Many of his former classmates and current students took up the challenge that included different activities like push-ups and pull-ups. Anyone who lasted 60 minutes met the Sergeant Desforges challenge.  And they did so under the watchful eyes of a number of active marines.

The Ludlow High student council sponsored the event and according to Brian Bylicki, the response from the school and the community response has been overwhelming.

Jennifer Auger, a Ludlow High senior and student council member was one of the events organizers. She said, “It means a lot that he served and was from this town. It really brought the community together and so we’re really glad. First we were only doing the memorial in the back. But then we saw how much money we were raising, we decided to make the scholarship fund.”

In addition to the physical challenge, t-shirts are also being sold. The fundraising goal is 20 thousand dollars for this, the first of what is hoped will be an annual event.

If you’d like to contribute, you can send a check payable to the Sergeant Joshua Desforges Fund, in care of Ludlow High School, 500 Chapin St in Ludlow.

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