Lions Club Will Hold Benefit

A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Jay Ashdown will be held March 21 from 5-7 p.m. at the Randolph Fire Hall. Jay and Kim Ashdown are shown in a photo taken three years before his cancer diagnosis. Submitted photo

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Lions Club will hold a spaghetti dinner to benefit Jay Ashdown on Thursday, March 21, from 5-7 p.m. at the Randolph Fire Hall.

Ashdown is battling liver and bile duct cancer that was discovered in November. Proceeds from the benefit will help defray the cost of Ashdown’s medical procedures and travel to and from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Buffalo, for his treatments.

His wife, Kim, said he goes to Roswell for chemotherapy treatments every other Friday and blood work the following Monday. She said he also gets treatments at home.

“When Jay comes home on those Fridays, a nurse comes and hooks him up for a 48-hour, slow drip treatment at home,” she said. The treatments last from Friday through Sunday and then a nurse comes back and unhooks him.”

Kim said her husband’s prognosis is unknown and the doctors haven’t said anything, at this point. She said Jay was originally going to have surgery to remove the diseased part of the bile duct, then reconstruct everything. But, when the swelling from the infection went down three days before the surgery and they did another CT Scan, they realized that the cancer had spread because he had some spots on his liver.

The couple have six children, Brianna, Jalynn, Andrew, Nicholas, Raelynn, and Dominic.

The dinner will include spaghetti, a salad, bread and dessert. Takeouts will be available. There will also be a 50/50 drawing.

Presale tickets are available at Randolph merchants or may be purchased at the door. Tickets are $7 for an adult, $5 for each child, and $22 for a family of four or five individuals.

Donations are gratefully accepted. Checks should be made payable to the Randolph Lion’s Club and mailed to Denise Ormond at 12171 Route 394, Randolph, NY 14772.

The Randolph Lions Club assists local residents on many fronts through eyeglass purchases and fundraising events. The club earns and raises money for Randolph citizens in need and for projects to benefit all of Randolph.

As a part of an international organization, the club’s dues support projects for the needy in countries all over the world.