'Ray of Hope' boosts young cancer patient from Shelton

Many people came together to support “Super Ray” McPadden III and his mother Marybeth McPadden of Shelton during a fund-raiser at Bricks & Barley Tavern in downtown Shelton.

Ray, 10, is battling childhood cancer. He was diagnosed in April and has been receiving treatment, which has included spending a lot of time in the hospital.

Ray has been described as “very outgoing, funny, athletic and smart” and sometimes has been called “Shelton’s Superman.”

Friends of the family organized the “Ray of Hope” fund-raiser to help them with medical bills and related expenses.

Raymond McPadden Jr., young Ray’s father and Marybeth’s husband, died at age 49 in early 2013 when trying to shovel out his vehicle during the massive snowstorm that shut down the state for days.

Learn more about the Team Raymond effort at the “Friends of Marybeth Gauthier McPadden & Super Ray” Facebook page:


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Below, read about another fund-raiser to assist the McPaddens:

Shelton salon hosts cut-a-thon for Ray

The community has come out again to support a boy battling cancer.

Ray McPadden III was diagnosed with Burkett’s Lymphona in April and is now undergoing week-long chemotherapy. Ray’s mom,

Marybeth McPadden had to leave her job as an attorney to spend more time with her son and including being with him during hospital stays.

On Saturday, August 23, Jennifer Kiman, owner of New Day Hair and Skin Salon opened her doors from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. to have a back to school cut-a-thon to help Ray, 10, and his family.

Other local businesses helped with the event: Dunkin’ Donuts on Howe Avenue,  Verace on Center Street, Lighthouse Rum Cakes and Minute Man Press.