AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - Community members in Aiken gathered together Saturday to support a local family who’s youngest child is battling cancer. Bouncy houses, sweet treats, and oil changes, that’s what Aikenites could find at Wayne’s Automotive and Towing.
Michelle Nichols, Oil-A-Thon organizer, said all of the proceeds from the event would go to the family. “We’re doing a proceed of all the oil changes going to the family we’ve got a raffle going, the proceeds from the food, all of that is going to the family.”
The Abbott family found out in December that their 4-year-old son Hudson has T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic lymphoma – a rare form of leukemia. Jeremy Sweeney, an employee at Wayne’s Automotive and Towing, said, “It’s always good to do something good for the community. I have three little girls and I can’t imagine anything like this, so anything I can do to help out.”
The Oil-A-Thon was planned in two months with a great amount of community support. Nichols, said, “Aiken as a whole has really come together to support her family.”
Jeff Corbett, the owner of Wayne’s Automotive and Towing, said they had a good amount of people donate to the cause. “We had a good many different businesses donate, which was really good.”
The best part of the day – Hudson making a brief appearance. “It made us all feel good. We weren’t sure he was going to come by, but when he did it was the highlight of the day, because he’s the reason we’re all here," Corbett said.
Sherry Corbett, said it’s important to help others in their time of need. “The golden rule: do unto others as you want to be done. You never know when it might strike your family.”