Out & About: Comedy Show Supports Claremont Family’s Battle With Cancer

Valley News Correspondent
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Claremont — On Friday evening Remix, the nonprofit Pleasant Street Coffee Bar and Social club, will hold a fundraiser to assist a local family that is fighting a number of challenges.

Many in Claremont know Nick Coombs, a young man with special needs who requires 24/7 care. His mother, Janette Coombs, is now battling breast cancer and her chemotherapy and other treatments have made it difficult for the family to provide the care Nick needs all the time.

“The biggest thing is getting help to care for Nick on the evenings and weekends when we don’t have the extra help,” Janette said in an email. “Needless to say this has been very challenging.”

Jim Neilsen, founder of Remix, said the fundraising event is called “Some Antics — An Evening of Improvisational Comedy,” hosted by local comedian Chad Blodgett. A $5 donation at the door is requested and seating is limited. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

All of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Coombs family — Alex, Janette, Kayleigh and Nick — to help cover the cost of care for Nick.

“We have seen some businesses raise money for the Coombs family so we decided to step up and help,” Neilsen said. “When it was brought to our attention we said, ‘Absolutely. We’ll do it.’ ”

Coombs said she recently completed another round of chemotherapy and has two phases to go before a scheduled mastectomy on July 19. That will be followed by radiation and another surgery.

“Lots of mountains to climb,” said Coombs, who celebrated her completion of chemo with a photo on Mount Ascutney.

She said the family’s goal is to continue to give both Nick and Kayleigh lives “full of adventure” while she undergoes treatment.

“Having the ability to hire attention help care for Nick is critical in my recovery,” Coombs said. “This is definitely the hardest journey I’ve ever had to face but I know in my heart I will come out of it stronger and be OK.”

Coombs said she plans to attend Friday’s event with Nick, 25.

Editor’s note: For more information, contact Remix via Facebook or www.livethatremixedlife.org. It is located at 1 Pleasant St., just off Opera House Square.