On Friday evening (Aug. 12) an incredible event took place in Woodbridge. It was not a fund-raiser or concert, rather a show of love and support for a little girl battling cancer.
In June of 2016 at 9 months of age, Chloe Clemens was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma.
Chloe’s parents, Will and Leigh Clemens both grew up in Orange and currently reside in Woodbridge.
Chloe is the granddaughter of Sharon and Curt Anderson and Mike and Pam Clemens. The Clemens Family owns Mike’s Towing in Orange. Mike is a retired member of the Orange Fire Department where he volunteered for more than 25 years.
The tri-town Amity Volunteer fire departments often work together, and the brotherhood of firefighters is strong.
When the three volunteer chiefs/assistant chiefs learned of Chloe’s diagnosis, they put their heads together to do something unique to show their support for the little girl and her family.
They reached out to resident Bill Chizmadia, who owns Fleet Auto Supply in West Haven and asked for his help.
Chizmadia said, “They came to me with their plan to “wrap” the fire trucks from each department in Chloe’s honor. I thought it was a great idea and drew up a design right away. After they approved it, we made the materials and wrapped the trucks.”
The result is one truck each from the Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge Volunteer Fire Departments is now purple (the color that signifies support for patients with Neuroblastoma cancer) with the words, Courage for Chloe, and a gold ribbon (the color ribbons that show support for children with cancer).with the words Peace Love Cure Childhood Cancer on the side. The vehicle numbers and particular town also are displayed.
On Friday, the Firefighters invited the public from the three Amity Towns to come out to the Woodbridge Firehouse to see the trucks and meet the Clemens clan, including Chloe, whose sweet smile lit up the night.
The firefighters fed all their guests and kept everyone hydrated with cold water and drinks.
About Chloe’s illness
Half of those cases are discovered in children under two years old. It is aneuroendocrine tumor in the sympathetic nervous system that most frequently originates in one of the adrenal glands, but can develop in the nerve tissues in the neck chest, abdomen, or pelvis.Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid cancer in childhood and is the most common cancer in infancy. There are nearly 650 cases reported yearly in the US.
Chloe is being treated at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
You may follow Chloe’s story on Facebook @courageforchloe.
The family has asked that monetary donations be sent in Chloe’s name to the Tommy Fund at Yale.
Donations to The Tommy Fund, a non-profit 501c3 organization, are fully tax-deductible. The Tommy Fund receives no government or agency funding.