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Thousands Raised for Oxford Boy, 7, Battling Cancer

Money was raised through lemonade stands set up around town on Thursday.

Children in Oxford set up lemonade stands and raised several thousands of dollars to help a 7-year-old Oxford boy recently diagnosed with cancer.

, who will be in second grade this fall at , was diagnosed weeks ago with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

We took some photos and readers contributed others. We encourage people to upload their own photos/videos to this article.

Thanks! - Paul Singley

linda August 03, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Great job by all these kids and families! It's heartwarming to see the support this community can give it's members.
Deirdre Virgalla August 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I hope your friend James get well soon!
Deirdre Virgalla August 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Thank you to all the volunteers who made this happen! Amazing what a caring group of people can accomplish! Thank you to all the children who worked so hard and to all those who came out to support a great cause! And to James- may the road to recovery be a short one! God Bless!
James Haefele August 03, 2012 at 06:29 PM
absolutely in awe of the sense of community that was shining through here. I wrote a journal entry on James' Caringbridge site around this and two other community events - one that past on Monday, and then a Kickathon/Board Breaking that BushiBan in Seymour/Southbury is hosting to support James on September 8th. I'll post the snippet around the lemonade stands across a couple comments and will add some great pictures as well. Truly appreciate the support, kindness and community everyone has shown towards James - he even had an impromptu run-in with his first grade teacher Ms Dean at the Patty's Pantry stand: When life hands you Lemons, you Make Lemonade. Or at least thats what over 40 adults, and 80 kids believe to be true as they held a "Lemonade Stand Brigaid" that started as a couple stands, and turned into 13 - all hosted on August 2 Mostly throughout the town of Oxford and even stretched to Southbury in support of James. Organized by a friend of James' mom - Jennifer Mahmood - it was a display of community that went beyond just the folks hosting the lemonade stands - and well into the community that came forward so generously to support his cause. James & Madeline started the day with me and so we took advantage of the time together, grabbed their younger brother Caleb and Grandpa Jim and went to visit the stands. James was quite wiped out in a couple hours..and boy did Madeline, James and Caleb drink a bunch of lemonade!
James Haefele August 03, 2012 at 06:30 PM
[PART II] I think they may have been snuck a snack or two and a candy bar when i wasn't looking as well! We spoke with many familiar faces and many new ones and truly in awe of the sense of community - and the kids - the fantastic signs they made and sweating out in the hot day - 86+ degree heat and standing in the sun! Also thankful to the businesses that opened their front entrances to the "Lemonairs" - Oxford Paint & Hardware (where Carmen decided last minute to go setup a stand because she saw it on Facebook - and she relayed to me how overwhelmed she was by the compassion of people that supported that specific lemonade stand..and how the owners of Oxford Paint had someone setup a canopy and brought extra chairs out for them - Look for the picture !) Patty's Pantry in Southbury (where friends of the Caragliors that own the store let them setup stand right in front) Tommy K's Plaza - (Where about 5-6 parents and gaggles of kids advertised their lemonade and the Karate studio opened the door to help keep the kids cool and entertained) The journey in this world is truly about the people you meet and the memories you make, and truly feel blessed to have experienced the community and support that so many people have showed toward James. James' Father - Jim Haefele
Ed Rowland August 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I was able to stop at Tommy K's on my way home from work yesterday.great cause,great lemonade and a great town we live in.Oxford does take care of its own.
Ann Gamauf August 04, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I brought my kids to the Tommy K's plaza to donate...so proud of all the people of this town who thought of this event and made it a reality! God bless you, James, and your family!
Christine Sarasin August 04, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I would like to thank the Oxford community for coming out in full force to support James and his family. It was so nice to talk to all the people that stopped by and to hear all the kind words they had to say about James and his family. Very heartwarming. I would also like to thank the family of store owners at Tommy K Plaza, where I ran a stand with the Gurecki and Aldo families. These store owners took time out of their busy day to help in so many ways. I arrived at the plaza to find signs, balloons and decorated tables. Equally as impressive, they had organized a free raffle, donating prizes from their businesses. I am overwhelmed by their amazing efforts. These business owners truly care about their community. They helped throughout the day, each time telling me, "It's for a little boy. Who wouldn't help?" For assistance and donations, thank you to: - Sylvia at Oxford Floor Covering & Decorating - Dave at Oxford Wine & Spirits - Mike at Ziniak’s Academy of Tae Kwon Do - Joanne at Pet Super Bowl - Mike at New England Tire and Brake Service - The Country Creamery - 21 Nail Studio - Westchester Broadway Theatre, Elmsford, NY - East Side Greenhouses, Ansonia If you were unable to attend any of the stands on Thursday, Sylvia Hynds at Oxford Floor Covering & Decorating is continuing to collect donations which will be given to James' mom, Kelly Donohue. Oxford has proven, once again, to be a small town with a big heart. - Christine Sarasin
Paul Singley August 04, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Great community effort. Thanks to all.

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