By Brenda Crowell Staff Reporter
Cam McDonnell is just four years old, but he’s already lived through far more than a lifetime’s worth of pain. The Northbridge four-year-old was diagnosed with brain cancer in June and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
To help Cam’s parents, Jessey and Pat, formerly from Upton, deal with expenses related to his illness, Stone Arbor Farm at 154 West River St. in Upton will host Cam’s Jam Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 30. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with activities for all ages, including face painting, carrot races, pumpkin carving, pony rides, and plenty of “bounce” in the form of a bouncy house and a bouncy obstacle course.
“There will be lots of kids’ games and lots of prizes,” said Stone Arbor Farm owner Jen Dwinnell. “The Auburn police are bringing a SWAT truck, and the Westborough Police K9 Unit will give a demonstration at 2 p.m. Upton is bringing a fire truck and a cruiser, and we got a nice donation from the Upton fire company.”
Adults will find plenty to do as well, with a DJ, a beer garden, food trucks, and raffles, plus a barrel race.
“We have an amazing amount of raffle items,” Dwinnell said.
She added that there will be a “special surprise” at 10:45 a.m., following the National Anthem. She won’t say what – at least not on the record – but it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser for attendees of all ages.
The main schedule of events wraps up at 5 p.m., but the fun continues from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with a haunted trail, Nipmuc Drama Club, and a baked goods table.
Cam loves superheroes, and in keeping with the Halloween theme, Dwinnell and other event staff will be decked out in superhero costumes. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as well, and there will be prizes for the best costumes in categories such as scariest, funniest, and most creative.
“Everybody’s trying really hard to make this special,” Dwinnell said, adding that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the McDonnell family.
Other ways to help the family are by joining the Meal Train at mealtrain.com/trains/wkw69e. There is also a GoFundMe page that was scheduled to close on October 1, but was still accepting donations as of October 5; more information can be found at gofundme. com/f/supporting-the-mcdonnell-family.
If the GoFundMe page has closed, or for anyone who would like to donate without going through GoFundMe, donations can be mailed to Dwinnell at 154 West River St., Upton, Mass. 01568, and she will forward them to the McDonnell family.
For more information on Cam’s Jam, contact Dwinnell at 774-270-4604, Gwen Costello at 774-214-6038, or Danielle Schiloski at 774-400-9434