Rumson seventh grader Sam Tavill is an artist with a concern for helping good causes thrive.
He also has a Bar Mitzvah coming up, so he decided to do something that would put both his artistic and charity goals to good use while honoring a friend.
Last year, Tavill lost his friend Pam Callahan to ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, which is a fatal, aggressive neurological disease that attacks the nerve cells responsible for controlling voluntary muscles, according to the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) Web site.
Drawing on his particular interest in graffiti art, Tavill got to work and designed a T-shirt that says KICK ALS in graffiti-style lettering on a purple background. He wanted the shirts to make a bold, rebellious statement, like graffiti, that demonstrates a fighting spirit against the disease.
The shirts are $15 to $20 each, depending on delivery location, and can be purchased via the internet, on the ALS TDI Web site by clicking here.
According to the site, Tavill has sold $390 worth of t-shirts. His goal is $2,000. Tavill's Bar Mitzvah is June 15.