Not your Average Saturday Night in one South Hudson Backyard

November 1, 2019


by Len Lathrop

Once upon a time, a young boy who was born in October and inspired by the macabre, especially enjoyed Halloween.  Then, several years ago, he was not feeling very well, and just did not know what was going on.  His mom and dad, brother and sister were all concerned.  Well, it was discovered that he had Type 1 diabetes.

After a short stay at Boston’s Children Hospital, this young lad came back to south Hudson with a goal that every year, in the Halloween spirit, he would celebrate by haunting the family’s yard and inviting family and friends to visit and “walk the path” if they dare.  Every year the “Haunted Woods Walk” has grown.  His friends dress up and act during the walk, and also help him set up his many scenes and props.  As his “attraction” gets bigger and more creative every year, his mom invited the paper to attend “if we dare” and that was more than enough of a challenge.  The pictures show some of the things that can happen in this spooky Hudson backyard.  It is an amazing feat in itself and then consider the funds raised by donation.

Well, you need to meet Reiley Pearlee.  Now a junior at Alvirne, he wanted to make sure his friends are recognized.  They are Jared Turmel, Matthew Vowels, Julius Locke, Maximus Abreu, Adam Scharn, Chase Forbes and Aidan Tierney as well as Auntie Katie Haley, as the mad nurse with the meat cleaver.

With November being National Diabetes Awareness Month and all the media exposing the outrageous cost of insulin in America, Reiley’s parents, Kerrie and David, thought you may be interested in hearing about a handful of great kids and families in the school district and community who are dealing with the challenges of managing this disease.  It’s nice to report there are young people trying to make a difference however they can.