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Jayden Lamb Foundation wins contest to spread message on concrete mixer

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BAY COUNTY (WJRT) - (05/14/14) - A concrete mixer is spreading the message of a Midland family who lost their son to cancer.

Jayden Lamb was eight years old when he died in 2012.

His passing inspired a "pay it forward" phenomenon, and the family's message of rebuilding after cancer is on display on a pretty big truck.

A concrete mixer painted in blue, Jayden Lamb's favorite color, and yellow, will be seen on Mid-Michigan roadways soon. Team Elmer's, based in Traverse City, held a contest where a charity would be chosen to spread its message on one of Elmer's concrete mixers.

"Look at it, it's beautiful," said Tom Lamb, Jayden's father. "Actually, this was a write in, the Jayden Lamb Foundation wrote in, and they got 45 percent of the votes,"

Tom was on hand when the truck arrived at Team Elmer's Williams Township location.

"To see him on a cement truck, and see his hands there and as much as Jayden loved trucks, I mean, it brought a tear to my eye, to know those are my son's hand prints," he said.

The hand prints were obtained in Jayden's last few days.

"We knew he was going home on hospice, our family gathered around and we laid his hands on paper," Tom said.

Troy Broad, of Team Elmer's, says his family has been fortunate and wanted to do something to help the communities the company serves.

"Once he told me what the hand prints were all about, yeah, it was pretty touching," he said.

"The hand prints, which were pretty powerful, so we wanted to honor that memory and their message as well about building hope after pediatric cancer," said Tonya Wildfong, Team Elmer's co-owner.

By winning the contest, the Jayden Lamb Memorial Foundation also receives $5,000. Tom says they have helped two families already and this will help a third.

"We are going to step in, and we are still going to take this money and put it towards them getting away, so they are going to Disney and spend time together as a family in honor of their child, and in honor or Jayden at the same time," he said.

The new truck made its first concrete run Wednesday afternoon.
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