Aiken Church to Dedicate New Playground and Pavilion
New Outdoor Church Space Donated by the Rettig Family
in Memory of Grandson
AIKEN, SC — New Covenant Presbyterian Church (ncpcaiken.org) will dedicate a new playground and pavilion at 11 a.m. on April 16. Pastor Drew Kornreich and Project Manager Terry Shiver will conduct the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will be followed by the church’s annual spring picnic.
“NCPC is proud to unveil our newest outdoor playground and pavilion facilities,” said Kornreich. “The new facility will serve as a place for church members to enjoy family time together and to congregate for barbecues and other festive occasions.” The first worship service was held in the pavilion Easter Sunday for a sunrise service attended by more than 100 members and visitors, followed by a breakfast for all.
The $84,000 project features the latest play equipment, a handicap-accessible entrance, a full-service kitchen and restrooms for various church activities. The new facility was funded by Terri and Mark Rettig in memory of their young grandson, Caiden Ash Murray, who passed away suddenly in 2014 from brain cancer. Terri and Mark have also founded the CAM FUND (camfund.org), a non-profit organization that funds cancer research.
“After Caiden’s passing, we were overwhelmed by the love, support, compassion, and thoughtfulness of every member of the NCPC congregation,” said Mark. “When we tried to thank people for their generosity, many said ‘Don’t thank me, just pay it forward’. This is our opportunity to do that.”
“We’re excited to see this playground come to life,” said Terri. “We know it’s something that Caiden would have enjoyed immensely. We will always miss the joy of hearing Caiden’s laughter, but cannot wait to hear the giggles of the many children who will use this playground for years to come.”
About CAM FUND:
The CAM FUND provides ongoing financial support to doctors and researchers who are dedicated to finding treatments and cures for childhood brain cancer. Donations to CAM FUND can be made by credit card at www.camfund.org or by checks made payable to The Community Foundation for the CSRA, c/o CAM FUND, P.O. Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903. For more information, e-mail CAM FUND at firstname.lastname@example.org
AUGUSTA, GA, – September xx, 2015 – CAM FUND (www.camfund.org), a non-profit organization, has been established to fund medical research into innovative therapies and cures for childhood brain cancer. The non-profit group has been secured under The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (www.cfcsra.org). The Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that acts as a catalyst to help focus local philanthropy on pressing and changing community needs and receives funds on behalf of many different charitable organizations.
CAM FUND was founded by Terri and Mark Rettig to honor the memory of their grandson, Caiden Ash Murray, who passed away in 2014. Caiden had a large, malignant Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET). He died just four days before his third birthday. Caiden had shown no symptoms of a brain tumor. He displayed only flu-like symptoms just 12 hours before the ambulance was called.
CAM FUND raises money through various events to support research into all types of childhood brain cancers. The fundraisers scheduled include a weekly breakfast sale and monthly pizza lunch at Molex, LLC in Auburn Hills, MI, dinners, and a recent road rally in Rochester, MI. Also, the First Annual Caiden’s Charity Golf Classic will take place next year, Sept. 12, 2016, at the Woodside Country Club in Aiken, SC.
CAM FUND will provide ongoing financial support to doctors and researchers at the Georgia Regents University Medical Center in Augusta for their work in the area of immunotherapy.
The CAM FUND logo, shown above, was inspired by “Mr. Lion,” a stuffed animal that was Caiden’s constant companion. “We want to honor Caiden’s memory while supporting innovative medical exploration that may help other children,” said Terri Rettig. “We have met brilliant scientists who are doing remarkable work in this field, and we will help them continue their research.”
Donations to CAM FUND can be made by credit card at www.camfund.org or by checks made payable to The Community Foundation for the CSRA, c/o CAM FUND. Mail checks to:
The Community Foundation for the CSRA, P.O. Box 31358, Augusta, GA 30903. For more information, e-mail CAM FUND at email@example.com.
About The Community Foundation for the CSRA:
The foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization that exists to maintain the charitable intent of donors making gifts, allowing immediate and future tax benefits, and to act as a catalyst to help focus local philanthropy on pressing and changing community needs. The Foundation serves as administrator of a collection of gifts, large and small, unrestricted and donor advised, given to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie and Burke Counties in Georgia, and Aiken and Edgefield Counties in South Carolina.
Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor (PNET) describes tumors that occur primarily in the cerebrum, but can spread to other parts of the brain and spine. PNET’s are very rare and are thought to develop from primitive (undifferentiated) nerve cells in the brain. PNET’s contain underdeveloped brain cells, are highly malignant, and tend to spread throughout the central nervous system.