Helping Out a Fellow Spartan

By Matt Hicks

November 19, 2012 Updated Nov 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Ever since Marty Hinrichsen was diagnosed with prostate and bone marrow cancer, he said he has seen nothing but support from his fellow staff in the Maine-Endwell School District.

From letting their beards grow as part of No Shave November to raising money through a spaghetti dinner, the school has come together to make everyday brighter.

Hinrichsen has worked as custodian for the past 23 years.

"I have people come by my house and ask if I'm doing alright," said Hinrichsen. "You know it has been great. No negativity whatsoever. Too bad this couldn't happen to everyone that's a cancer patient."

One grad even came back to the school to serve pasta and say hello to Hinrichsen, a person he said is a mentor.

"Even with schooling and stuff like that, if I needed a hand with something he was always someone I could ask a question to," said Michael Lopiccolo. "He was someone that if I was missing classes or something like that, he would give me the right advice to get the job done."

Proceeds from the event help Hinrichsen with expenses related to his treatment.