On February 9th 2010, Colin passed away of Ewing sarcoma, a bone cancer predominantly found in pediatric patients. Throughout his whole life Colin was surrounded by friends and family. At younger ages, he and all his friends could be found playing up and down the block on summer days. Colin enjoyed candy, collecting and designing Pez dispensers, playing with his dog Casey, and hanging out with friends, of which there was no shortage of. He also hosted the Retford Avenue Easter Egg Hunt. This event was very important to Colin as it allowed him to share his passion for candy with all the neighborhood children. Because of this passion we were inspired to create the Friends of Colin Easter Egg Hunt as a tribute to him.
The Friends of Colin was founded in 2011 with the idea that three friends and a neighborhood could help find a cure for a terrible disease. In January 2011, while the Retford Avenue community met together to think of ways to honor our friend Colin, we came up with the idea of holding an Easter egg hunt to raise money for a hospital that researches Ewing sarcoma. After much reading up on the disease, we discovered that Ewing's sarcoma research was horribly underfunded. Something had to be done. Later that month, we three teenagers from Cranford came together and decided that we would make a difference. We would help change the underfunded status of Ewing sarcoma research programs. No matter how much money we raised or how many people we informed about the disease, we were going to do something. And we did.
In February 2011 the idea of creating a recognized charity was becoming a reality. We couldn't think of a better tribute to our friend Colin than the creation of a charity in his name. The charity was founded on the slogan, and idealogy, "Friends Forever." With an idea and a purpose the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization the Friends of Colin was born. The Friends of Colin is dedicated to Colin J. Maher, our friend forever.