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Jor­dan McMa­hon

The Christo­pher Bar­ron Live Life Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished by the Glen Rock res­i­dent’s fam­ily af­ter he died in 2007 from leukemia at the age of 9. It puts on comic book work­shops for chil­dren in Pater­son with a pro­fes­sional writer as a trib­ute to Bar­ron’s love for read­ing them and also making up his own su­per­heroes.

One of Bar­ron’s clos­est friends was also in­spired to honor his cre­ativ­ity.

“Go­ing into my fresh­man year of high school, I knew I wanted to find a way to keep Christo­pher there right along with me,” Jor­dan McMa­hon, who grad­u­ated Glen Rock High School this past spring, says. “My mind in­stantly went to per­form­ing since I’m a dancer.”

McMa­hon de­cided to stage a tal­ent show in mem­ory of Bar­ron.

“Not only was this a great way to raise money for the foun­da­tion, but it also gave my­self a cre­ative out­let that I wouldn’t have had with­out this fundraiser,” he says.

The first show was held in the Glen Rock High School cafe­te­ria.

“Fold-up chairs were taken out and lined up across the cafe­te­ria floor. The stage wasn’t ex­actly a stage, but sim­ply an el­e­vated sec­tion of the room with no wings, no wooden floor and no spot­lights,” McMa­hon says. “The at­ten­dance was around 250 peo­ple and we raised ap­prox­i­mately $3,700. Not too shabby for the first year.”

By his se­nior year, the show had moved to the school’s au­di­to­rium.

“There was a le­git stage, a wooden floor and mul­ti­ple spot­lights,” McMa­hon says. “The at­ten­dance was al­most dou­ble that of the first year, and we raised more than $8,000 for the foun­da­tion.”

His fa­vorite thing about putting on th­ese shows was see­ing his class­mates’ ex­cite­ment.

“The buzz through­out the school as the show ap­proaches pushes me to make the show the best that it can be. The fact that the stu­dents all know who Chris Bar­ron is, is what re­ally brings me joy,” he says. “My goal was to bring Chris through high school with me, and I know I’ve reached that goal.”

McMa­hon ap­pre­ci­ates how this has helped him grow.

“I’ve learned so much about my­self and about putting to­gether a pro­duc­tion,” he says. “From chore­ograph­ing my own pieces, to do­ing in­ter­views, to hang­ing up fly­ers, to find­ing a solid list of per­form­ers, there is al­ways so much to be done and I’ve taken away a great deal about what it takes to put on a suc­cess­ful show.”

He’s ex­cited to start up at Ithaca Col­lege this fall and plans to get in­volved in com­mu­nity ser­vice projects up there, while also con­tin­u­ing to dance.

He isn’t sure if the show will still go on at Glen Rock High School, but “it was a great run for th­ese past four years, so whether it con­tin­ues on or not, I will still be very pleased with the im­pact it had,” he says.

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SHOW­STOP­PER Jor­dan McMa­hon per­forms a dance at the 2016 Christo­pher Bar­ron Foun­da­tion Fundraiser.

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