The Hauppauge Varsity Football team’s season opener helped bring awareness and raise funds for “Rock the Socks.” The charity was formed in February 2016 by Hauppauge resident and former student-athlete Nick Cadmus – whose daughter Makenzie was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) – a rare, incurable disease where skin can blister, erode or slough off from relatively minor injuries or any type of friction.
“Rock the Socks was born in the second or third week of Makenzie’s life when we re-bandage her three to four times daily. Makenzie initially “threw” her bandages frequently, causing a vicious cycle of pain management drugs, feeding and bandaging,” described Cadmus. One of her fantastic nurses from the Morgan StanleyChildren’s Hospital, suggested using socks as a retention bandage to help keep her bandages in place. The socks also provided a soft outer layer in case Makenzie hit herself.” The socks eventually captured the eyes of many and prompted the family to say: “rock those socks, girl” – the seed that grew into the Rock the Socks campaign.
The Hauppauge Varsity Football Team and their fans were proud to display the new Royal Blue “Rock the Socks” they purchased in honor of Makenzie Cadmus and with the hope that one day a cure will be found for this disease.
Courtesy of Hauppauge School District.