Over a thousand friends and family attend benefit for Fort Drum mother with a rare form of cancer
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 23:00:04 GMT —
For the past month, the Central New York community has rallied around the wife of a Fort Drum soldier who was diagnosed with a rare form of placenta cancer right after giving birth to twins. Jenna Hinman was put in a medically induced coma after she gave birth to twin daughters in the 30th week of pregnancy. She is receiving treatment at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse and her family says she is making progress.
The "Prayers For Jenna" Facebook page set up by Jenna's friends has more than 244,000 likes. On Saturday, family, friends and supporters came together at a "Jam for Jenna" event at the Falcon Lanes in Auburn.
Her family knew she had a lot of friends and a lot people who wanted to help but seeing a standing room only crowd if over a thousand people was overwhelming for Jenna's mother, Kim Blaisdell.
"We get cards everyday and packages but to see the love, to see everybody - it's amazing," said Blaisdell.
There were raffles for donated prizes, massages and music all afternoon long at Falcon Lanes. Weedsport salons Smith and Co. And Shear Madness teamed up to put pink highlights in the hair of anyone who wanted them. Proceeds from the event will go to help pay for Jenna's medical care. it was an emotional day for Jenna's family and her husband - they just wanted to express their appreciation for every person who has shown them love and support.