Students help fundraise to support CCAK mentee

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The Colby College Football team has a long tradition of giving back to the Waterville community. For the past three years, players from the team have organized a Powder Puff game, the proceeds of which go towards cancer research at Maine General Hospital at Thayer Campus. In addition, football players have participated in the annual Polar Plunge, which raises money for the Waterville Boys and Girls clubs.

The team also spends time reading books to children at Harold Martin elementary school and hosting Colby Football Youth Day, a one day camp for local kids who want to “hone the fundamental skills of football,” Billy Parker ’16 said.

The team has most recently come together to rally behind Jayden, a child in Waterville, who was recently diagnosed with stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Jayden is the Colby Cares About Kids (CCAK) mentee of Braden Wilson ’17.

Jayden is currenly a seventh grader at Lawrence Junior High School and is extremely passionate about sports; he plays both football and basketball, and considers gym his favorite class.

Although Jayden does enjoy playing safety on his football team, Jayden excels on the court and considers basketball his favorite of the two sports. Jayden is anything but average. Wilson said Jayden is “a very quiet and caring kid,” who secretly takes pride in being in the Advanced Math class at his school and possesses a surprising talent at playing both chess and checkers.

Although Wilson, a tight end on the College’s football team, has not been able to see Jayden regularly since his prognosis. Wilson put great effort and time into helping to construct fundraising ideas to help Jayden’s single mother raise money for treatments.

So far, a donation page on www.gofundme.com is set up for “Team Jayden,” with a goal of $3,500. The site was set up by a friend of Jayden.

The team has worked to spread awareness for the fundraiser through social media and other forms of communication, asking the Colby community to help meet and exceed that goal. The site has already raised $3350.

“If you can help donate to Jayden’s fund, it would be tremendously appreciated by Jayden, his mother, and the Colby Football Team,” said senior tri-captain Zach Padula ’15. Wilson added “any amount helps and will make a difference in his life.”

The link to donate to Jayden’s gofundme site is: www.gofundme.com/e6bihw.

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