Notre Dame East Stroudsburg Remembers Two of Its Own

Sean Cunningham and Greg Moyer never shared a classroom at Notre Dame.

Both young men died tragically — Moyer in 2000 at age 15, and Cunningham this summer at age 24.

But their parents say that the two former students shared something unique — the values they learned as students at Notre Dame.

"Sean and Greg shared those qualities that Notre Dame seeks to instill in all its students," Greg's father, John Moyer said. "Strong character, empathy, morals and the fact that nothing good comes without lots of hard work."

The young men were remembered Wednesday at a memorial service. The Moyer family donated Greg's No. 23 basketball jersey to the school. They also donated a defibrillator from the Greg Moyer Defibrillator Fund in Cunningham's memory.

Cunningham's father, Steve, called the Moyers "true heroes" and thanked them for honoring his son's memory.

Sean Cunningham died this summer in an accident at his home in Philadelphia. Steve Cunningham said that since his son's death, he learned more about his good character, and the role Notre Dame played in that.

Sean's classmates said he was known as a friend to everyone who brought people together. He would have been pleased to see his classmates doing just that on Wednesday, Steve Moritz said.

"He was always the kind of guy who had people over to his place, and brought us all together," he said. "Something like this, he'd be happy for us."

Nicole Gabana said having her classmates together was important to get through the difficult time since Sean's death.

"We had such a strong class, we were really there for each other," she said. "It's nice to have that support."

Greg Moyer's parents started the fund after their son's death in 2000. Moyer, a basketball player, collapsed and died during halftime of a game. An automated external defibrillator wasn't available to revive him in time. Since then, they've lived the mission of putting an AED in every school in the country.

Moyer's parents said their son was passionate about Notre Dame and basketball, though not necessarily in that order.

"Greg loved Notre Dame," John Moyer said. "He actually tolerated the academics because he knew if he didn't get through the academics he wouldn't get to his first love, basketball."

Athletic Director Roger Barren choked back tears as he presented Greg's jersey, which will be hung in the hallway connecting the school's gymnasium and locker rooms.

"Hopefully we'll recall this young man's memory and our togetherness here at Notre Dame," Barren said. The No. 23 jersey is now a privilege for basketball players at the school.

Will Worthington, an alumnus who wore 23 for the last two years, said it's an honor that isn't lost on the players.

"As I progressed through the years, I learned more about Greg's story," Worthington said. "It meant a lot to me when I was chosen to wear No. 23."

SOURCE: Pocono Record

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