Our 2022 Honoree



On September 26th, 2020, Sergeant Eric Amador of the NJ Army National Guard’s 63rd Army Band lost his loving wife, Kelly Figueroa, to a five-year courageous battle with cancer and Castleman disease, a rare disorder that involves the overgrowth of cells in the body’s lymph nodes. As a violin music teacher, mother of 3 boys and a proud army wife, Ms. Figueroa provided extensive love and support to her family.

Sergeant Eric Amador originally enlisted in 2006 with Puerto Rico’s 248th Army Band, and transferred in 2014 to New Jersey’s 63rd Army band in order to seek higher quality medical treatment for his ailing wife. With his wife’s unfortunate passing, Sergeant Amador was left to care for his 9-year-old son Erik, and twin 7-year-old boys Bruce & Logan, one of which has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Placing family first, Sergeant Amador emphasizes care for his children around the clock, however he struggles to make ends meet as a single father. It is our sincere hope that with your participation in our charitable efforts, we will be able to show Erik, Bruce & Logan how a community can come together to support a local soldier and his family in their time of need.

On behalf of the Sergeant Samuel Nutter Organization, we encourage your support and thank you for being an invaluable part of this cause. You can participate and support by running in the race, making a donation, or becoming a sponsor. Whichever you choose to do, please choose to take action in honoring the legacy of SGT Nutter, during this year’s 18th Annual Sergeant Nutter 5K Run. SSNO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and 100% of the proceeds will go towards the support of Sergeant Amador’s three boys.