Rutgers Superfan Has Super Fans of His Own

ON THE BANKS | Jim Hoffman

When James Maguire and his young son Gavin attended Rutgers Football’s Fan Appreciation Day on August 15, tucked under James’ arm was a copy of the Bergen Record. James had a mission: he planned to get the players to autograph his copy of the paper as a gift to his friend and Rutgers supporter Frank Bodino.

Rutgers Superfan Frank Bodino has had a rough go lately. Frank, who lives in Manalapan, has been a long-time superfan of all Rutgers sports, but particularly Scarlet Knight football.

However, Frank was facing a life-altering crisis.

You see, time was running out on Frank. Twenty years ago, Frank had received a heart transplant, getting the heart of a 16-year old girl who was killed in a traffic accident. Her life-saving gift of organ transplant had given back Frank his life. However, the average life-expectancy of a transplant was 12 years, and now 20 years later, Frank’s transplanted organs were failing. Continue reading
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