PLYMOUTH - After the daughter of the townâ€™s deputy fire chief was diagnosed with lymphoma this spring, members of the community have come together to support her, planning a fundraiser during which they will stay on the roof of Chute Gates for 24 hours Sept. 21 and 22.
Jordan Cody, daughter of Deputy Fire Chief Greg Cody, who also works at the townâ€™s transfer station, is undergoing treatments at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Organizers are aiming to raise $5,000 to help the family with expenses.
Fire Chief Mark Sekorski said that, in situations such as this, â€śno one fights alone.â€ť
â€śFire service is a big brotherhood; we watch each otherâ€™s backs all the time and if someone is down and out, we do what we can do to help,â€ť he said. â€śWe encourage people to stop by, cheer us on, buy raffle tickets and help make a difference. I know that, despite being sad that this has happened to Jordan, her family is very happy to see the support.â€ť
Sekorski noted that Chute Gates owner Kevin Wojtczak is a friend and was glad to support the event. In addition to friends and family members, Mayor David Merchant, state Sen. Henri Martin and possibly state Rep. Whit Betts plan to attend. There will also be several firefighters from other area departments, including Thomaston, Wolcott and Harwinton showing their support.
â€śTimmy Murawski, who owns Beacon Pharmacy, also plans to be there,â€ť said Sekorski. â€śJordan worked at Beacon Pharmacy.â€ť
Plymouth Auto is also putting together a 12-foot-long, 3-foot-high banner that reads â€śJordan Strongâ€ť to display during the fundraiser.
Participants in the fundraiser will be on the roof at Chute Gates, located at 372 Main St., from 3 p.m. Saturday Sept. 21, to 3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 22. There will be live music, a 50/50 raffle on Saturday, a buffet on both days and a bike run on Sunday Sept. 22, leaving at 11 a.m. and returning at 2 p.m. Riders pay $20 to get in on the bike run, which includes the buffet, or $30 with a passenger. Non-riders can pay $15 for just the buffet.
â€śThe Legion riders organize the bike ride as a fundraiser for us and we decided that, this year, we will donate whatever we make to support the family,â€ť said Sekorski.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.