Jason Condit clutched a bag of cotton candy and announced that his favorite part of the day in his honor was seeing the "cool motorcycles."
The Sept. 25 car show and motorcycle run at the Clark Pool was a show of support for and Jason's Friends Foundation, a nonprofit formed to help other children battling cancer.
Jason’s parents Bill and Lois Condit were thrilled at the turnout and grateful to those who have organized this and other fundraisers for Jason's benefit. The 75 cars entered in the show represented decades of vehicles; more than 100 motorcycles participated in the run, which traveled through the Watchung mountains and back to the Clark Pool for the festivities.
"We weren't sure how the show would turn out," said Bill Condit. "This is the first time we have done a car show for cancer. We have more cars here than we expected.”
A year ago, Jason went to the school nurse with a stomachache. The school nurse called Jason’s mother, Lois, and asked her to come to school and pick him up. Lois took Jason to their family doctor. The doctor felt something when he examined Jason and the testing began. The test results were devastating – Jason had stage four cancer in three parts of his little body: a malignant tumor on his kidney, cancer in his spine and in his bone marrow. Jason’s parents, Bill and Lois Condit, are living a parent’s worst nightmare.
Since being diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that occurs in infants and young children and starts in early nerve cells of the sympathetic nervous system, Jason has undergone numerous treatments including chemotherapy, countless operations and stem cell transplants. He has been in and out of the hospital many times, sometimes spending several months in one hospital, unable to come home. Jason is currently at home, recuperating from his last treatment at the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and has a long road ahead of him.
Lois Condit said that Jason's doctor of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has told her that Jason is doing well. He will return to the hospital for six days each month where he is receiving antibody treatment.
"Everything is going in the right direction, but you never know," said Lois. Jason feels better now that he has finished chemotherapy and enjoys playing X-Box, PlayStation, and Club Penguin with his friends. He likes to talk to his friends on the phone when he is in the hospital.
"George and Carene Sangiuliano have done so much," said the Condits of the event organizers. The Sangiulianos along with many other friends and supporters have taken the Condit family under their wing during this difficult and stressful time.
“It was great, we raised a good amount for the foundation and are really excited about it,” said George Sangiuliano. “We are really happy about the turnout. This is an annual event for the foundation and we will continue to do more fundraisers and help more children with cancer." The foundation is planning a casino night and other fundraisers this winter.
Food and beverages were donated to the event as well as the entertainment. Shoprite of Clark provided free bagels and donuts, Peerless Beverage of Union donated beer and water, and local restaurants Bistro 1050 and Two Fat Guys operated food stands and donated proceeds.