The 10th Annual Clam Jam will be held on Sunday, September 4 to benefit Saylor Hayes, a young local girl battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Held at the Clam Jam Headquarters, located at 20106 Beaver Dam Road in Milford, the benefit will help Saylor’s family with expenses as she has spent the greater part of the past 8 months in A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children.
On November 16, 2010 Saylor Hayes was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, just a month after she turned two years old. With determination and perseverance Saylor has made it to the maintenance process of her treatment where she will continue to battle the disease until 2013. Being in remission she is beginning to grow back hair and is playing with her two brothers at home.
“She is doing well,” commented Saylor’s mother Nicole. “She is tough and through recovery she will be able to play sports and live a normal life.”
Saylor has been receiving chemotherapy monthly along with spinal taps and continual blood work. She has her blood drawn every two weeks to check for any signs of cancer and has maintained a healthy bl for several weeks. The Clam Jam Benefit hopes to assist her fight against cancer and help create some healing for the family.
The Clam Jan Benefit Committee was established 10 years ago to make a difference in the community in which they live. Originally created to benefit their close friend Bobby Wright , who was involved in a car accident, the Clam Jam Committee offers physical, financial and emotional support through donations, benefits and sponsors.
We want to “ease a neighbor’s pain, comfort a friend’s sorrow, encourage a loved one in a time of loss or assist a total stranger’s misfortune,” commented Ralph Blades Jr., President of the Clam Jam Benefit Committee. “We are a unified positive influence in unexpected circumstances.”
In August of 2008 the Clam Jam Benefit Committee raised over $8,000 that was donated to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor Matthew Hayes and in 2009 they raised over $8,000 for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia survivor Hayden Godwin. This year they hope to repeat the success they have enjoyed over the past decade.
Clam Jam has been doing benefits since 2002 and has always relied solely on volunteers and donations made by individuals and businesses. Tickets for this year’s event will be $50.00, which includes all you can eat clams, crabs, shrimp, clam chowder and pulled pork. Children under 12 are free with children’s menu.
Live entertainment will include 6 bands: Myth, Triple Shot, The Funsters, Big Junk Band, Blind Willie and The Movies with a laser light show. Coolers are welcome. Tickets are available for the event by calling 302-422-CLAM, Ruth Hopkins at 302-422-0508 or Ralph Blades at 302-422-3541.