Ivydale, W.Va. – Ten-year-old Jaxon Brown has grown up visiting his great-grandmother in the halls of Clay Health Care Center (HCC). The son of Bobby and Daphne Brown, Jaxon celebrated his 5th birthday at the center along with every Easter holiday and Halloween.
His great-grandmother, Helen Hunt, has been a patient of the center for more than 12 years. Pictures of Jaxon over the years show him helping push his “Granny’s” wheelchair, participating in holidays and other activities at Clay HCC.
So as his 5th grade Big Otter Elementary class was raising money for an end-of-the year trip to Ace Adventures, Jaxon knew exactly where to go for some fundraising help. He got out pencil and paper and wrote a letter to the center asking for help and detailing his close connection to the center through his family.
“We were so touched by Jaxon’s letter and knew how much it meant to him and knew we had to help out,” Christina Starcher, executive director for Clay HCC said. “The residents and employees here have watched Jaxon grow up over the years and we were honored he asked, and happy to help.”
After receiving the letter from Jaxon, Clay HCC presented Big Otter Elementary with a $2,000 donation from the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The trip typically costs about $100.00 per child for passes to the water park, transportation, pizza and a trip to Dairy Queen, and takes about 40 children to the park and back. The Wonderland Waterpark features giant inflatable mountains, ziplines and slides into the lake.
“With this donation, we’ve met our goal and can provide some extra special stuff for the kids this year,” said Big Otter Elementary principal Anthony Boggs. “We have hosted fundraisers the usual fundraisers such as bake and craft sales so far to raise money for this annual trip.”
Boggs, Jaxon, Margaret Bowman (Jaxon’s grandmother), mother Daphne visited Clay HCC to receive the donation and visit with Hunt last week.
“The school is great to our center and residents,” said Starcher. “The kids come here in their choir groups to sing to our residents and participate in different activities throughout the year. We enjoy the great relationship with our center and the community and schools.”
The donation was made possible through the AMFM Charitable Foundation, Inc. The foundation provides money to AMFM’s family of 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities to support community events, charities and programs. More than $500,000 has been presented to community organizations, events and charities.
Clay HCC is a 60-bed skilled nursing, long-term care center and specializes in short-term rehabilitation care such as physical, speech and occupational therapy.
For more information or schedule a tour, contact Clay HCC at (304) 286-4204.
AMFM operates 18 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout West Virginia. The care centers operate in Braxton, Boone, Clay, Cabell, Summers, Fayette, Hardy, Greenbrier, Webster, Wayne, McDowell, Lincoln, Wyoming, Harrison (Clarksburg & Bridgeport), Marshall, Taylor and Mercer counties.
AMFM’s mission is “to exemplify excellence in quality care to our customers by providing an environment that enhances personal growth, individuality, dignity and respect.”