Zumbathon set to raise funds for ailing teen
by Ron Harris
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Lane Clark
Lane Clark
Several events are planned for Saturday to raise funds for a Maddox Middle School student recently diagnosed with cancer.

Lane Clark, the 14-year-old son of Jasper Fire Chief David Clark and his wife Sherry, is battling T-cell leukemia after being diagnosed with the disease just two weeks ago.

Clark, who’s in the eighth grade at Maddox Middle School, is currently hospitalized at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Capping off Saturday is an event tabbed ‘Lane’s Frigh-10-Ing Zumbathon’ that begins at 6 p.m. at Scott Crump Toyota-Scion in Jasper.

The event is scheduled to include several Zumba instructors from gyms across the city. There will also be a DJ working at the event.

There’s no cost to participate in the Zumbathon. Instead, organizers are asking for donations that will go to Clark to help pay for medical expenses.

Anyone participating is urged to wear their best Halloween costume. The first 100 people to participate will receive a small gift.

There’s also going to be a contest for the best decorated pumpkin. Anyone wanting to participate in that should bring their own pumpkin already decorated, and donations can be made as a way to vote for the best-looking pumpkin.

“Sherry Clark was a big part of my life when I was younger, and I remember the positive influence she had with me and all the kids she works with. There’s so much that she and David give back to the community, and this is our way to give back to them,” said Jennifer Key, one of the event’s organizers. “We just wanted to be able to do this for them.”

Sponsors of the event include Scott Crump Toyota-Scion, Johnny Brusco’s, Gigi’s Dance Unlimited, Hometown Auto Sales, Target Fitness in Curry and the Walker County EMA.

There will also be tables set up selling items including T-shirts, decals and bracelets, with all proceeds going to Clark. T-shirts will be pre-ordered.

If you need more information on the event, or to make a monetary donation, call Jennifer Key at (205) 544-5766 or Regina Myers at (205) 471-8043.

CrossFit 205 gym in Jasper is hosting a “WOD for Lane” benefit Saturday morning in order to raise money for Clark.

A WOD is a “workout of the day,” and is an acronym Cross-Fitters use to refer to the exer- cise schedule for the day. The “WOD for Lane” will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Park.

The entry fee is $25 for early registration through today and $30 after that and includes a T-shirt.

For more information or to register, stop by CrossFit 205 across from Son’s in Jasper, the Memorial Park Natatorium or call Sally Greene at 205-300-3011.

Also on Saturday, the Iron Coffins motorcycle club in Jasper will host a benefit ride for Clark.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the ride will start at 11 a.m. at Hollywood Knights. The cost is a $20 donation per motorcycle.

For more information on the benefit ride, you can call or text Dana at (205) 544-8532.