Next Gen 30, INC exists to perform 30 acts of kindness annually in the communities that Genevieve Farnan loved, prioritizing the health and education of young people in the Cape May County community.
Next Gen 30, INC honors the memory of Genevieve Farnan, a vibrant woman who passed away after three years of fighting glioblastoma. She was 29 years old.
Genevieve, or Genny as she preferred, attended Our Lady Star of the Sea School and Wildwood Catholic as a young woman. In high school, she was known for her athleticism, scoring over 1,000 points during her basketball career with the Wildwood Catholic Crusaders. She attended Rowan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education: Health and Exercise Science, hoping to share her love of basketball with the next generation.
She began her career as a teacher's aide with the Middle Township Board of Education and Atlantic County Special Service School District. She was also a favorite bartender at the C-View Inn in Cape May for many years.
While Genny was working toward her life goals, she noticed a strange numbness in her right thumb. Genny realized the severity of the issue and went to the hospital where she received the devastating news that she had a stage 4 glioblastoma tumor on her parietal lobe.
Genny remained active in the community and courageous in her battle. She was proudly the 20th member of a Duke University experimental treatment that used a modified strain of polio to recognize and attack cancer cells. On March 31, 2016, almost exactly three years to the day of her diagnosis, Genny passed away.
We, Genny’s family and friends, established Next Gen 30, INC to remember Genny as she was before cancer took her away from us, and share her spirit with others.
As any picture of her will prove, Genny was beautiful in ways that cancer could not diminish. She was incredibly athletic, with a mental and physical toughness that aided her in her fight. She was deeply ingrained in every community she entered, and volunteered her time and energy again and again for the causes in which she believed. This is the Genny we remember and this is the spirit we hope to share.
This is Next Gen 30.
Next Gen 30, INC is a registered 501c3 nonprofit
Our 30 Acts
Our recent acts of kindness have included:
Providing generous annual scholarships to local students
Supporting local community members experiencing hardship
Supporting local businesses, first responders, and nursing homes through the pandemic
Supporting local beautification efforts, including donating basketball hoops at Madison Avenue court in Cape May
Every year, we celebrate Genny's birthday with a FUNraiser for the acts of kindness in her name.
On Friday, November 18, from 6 to 10 p.m., Carney’s in Cape May will host the first major fundraiser for Next Gen 30, INC since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The fundraiser will include a 50/ 50 raffle, a penny social, and live music. The event’s $30 ticket price includes food and beer. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks, and will also be available at the door.
Photos courtesy of John Lynch and Kristin Bartle
We are now accepting requests for acts of kindness at our contact form below.
We review each request and respond according to mission alignment and a Next Gen 30 team vote.
Want to get involved in Next Gen 30? Submit the contact form below and we'll reach out!