Bocce Tournament Benefits Local Man with ALS

Standing behind: Jamie Melvin and his wife, Nicki Melvin Sitting: Cindy and Mike Canevari,Joann and John Cavallo of Milford.

Saturday, November 5 Cindy and Mike Canevari will be hosting a Bocce Tournament at their home on 117 Ginger Lane in Milford to benefit their friend Jaime Melvin. The fundraiser will raise funds for medical expenses the Melvin family has incurred over the past two years, after Jaime was diagnosed with ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that causes the break down of tissue in the nervous system and affects the nerves responsible for movement. With no known cure for the disease, Jaime is currently undergoing holistic treatments at the True Wellness facility in Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania. Although these are the only treatments that seem to help Jaime to remain healthy they are not covered by the family’s health insurance.

The Canevari’s have been friends with the Melvin family for several years as Mike and Jaime have worked together at Baltimore Aircoil Company in Milford. “When my wife Cindy was diagnosed with cancer the Melvin family introduced us to Relay for Life and offered all of their support,” commented Mike Canevari. “The day I heard that Jaime was diagnosed with ALS I went out back at work and cried.”

With the success of past bocce tournament fundraisers, Cindy and Mike Canevari decided to hold an event for Jaime Melvin and his family. Jamie is married to Nicki Adams Melvin and is the father of two daughters, Ally and Kate.

“It is a very humbling experience for Jaime and I,” commented Nicki Melvin. “We are both very independent people and the biggest thing we have had to overcome is accepting help from others. The Canevari’s have really become an extended family.”

The single elimination bocce tournament costs $20 per person and includes an Italian feast. Losers may buy back in for $5 per person until the second round begins. For those not playing bocce, the day offers delicious Italian food, catered by Gabriella’s Restaurant in Milford , and Italian music. Those with a knack for dessert making can enter into the dessert contest.

The general admission cost is $12 and the price includes the Italian Fest lunch. No alcohol will be served, so the event is BYOB. Reservations are required to attend and deadline is October 26. For more information and to make reservations, please call Mike or Cindy Canevari at (302) 422-7878.

If individuals cannot be present at the bocce tournament but would still like to make a donation to the Melvin family they can contact Cindy Canevari.

“I have never lived in a place where people support each other this much,” commented Nicki Melvin”, even when they do not know you.”

Cindy and Mike Canevari hope that money raised by the event will help the Melvin family pay for Jaime’s treatments from True Wellness in Pennsylvania. Although Jaime was diagnosed two years ago with ALS he has been able to live a relatively normal life due to his holistic therapy. A man of few words, Jaime said “I am honored” when asked to comment about the support from the Canaveri family and the rest of the community.