Clay Aiken – “Wanna Do Something For My Birthday?”

To Clay Aiken…

CANN wishes you a day filled with family, friends, laughter and love.

May every candle on your cake turn into a wish come true!

Happy birthday to you!

On Tuesday, November 29th, Clay posted the following message on twitter and Facebook:

Wanna do something for my birthday? Do it here, please! This is what I’m asking for this year – (share too, please)

If you go to the link Clay posted you will see the following message:

The Story

From almost the moment I walked off of the stage at the end of American Idol, Jerome Bell has stood beside me. In fact, throughout the years I’ve had Jerome next to me so much that countless people have assumed I am a lot shorter than I am. His 6’7″ frame towering over me, never far away, made me look small by comparison. Jerome been a constant for me in an industry where friends can be fleeting and work friends can be fleeting. For almost 14 years now he has not only protected me; he’s been a father figure in a way that no one else ever was.
On Monday, November 21 a lot changed… in a very quick moment.
While working an event in Atlanta, Jerome was struck by a malfunctioning forklift. The injuries that resulted have been devastating. In addition to shattered pelvis and multiple breaks in his right leg, doctors were forced to amputate his left leg from mid-thigh. He also sustained traumatic injuries to internal organs. For Thanksgiving this year, Jerome and his family (along with myself and countless other friends of his) were most thankful that he had survived.
After almost a half dozen surgeries in the span of just one week, Jerome’s health is beginning to stabilize. He is awake and talking with family and friends. As is his nature, he’s remaining positive and focusing not on himself but on reassuring those around him who are worried about him.
Unfortunately, there are still many procedures and hospital days come. Doctors anticipate Jerome will remain in the ICU for perhaps a month longer. Beyond January, Jerome will likely be in a rehabilitation facility for an extended period — perhaps not returning home until Summer 2017.
It’s certainly difficult to process such a tragedy, and it’s a jarring reminder of how quickly our lives can change.
Throughout the past week, the outpouring of support and prayers for Jerome and his family have been immeasurable. Many have reached out to me or to his family in hopes of providing comfort and support.
Here’s how we can do it.

The costs for such a life altering situation aren’t easy to estimate at all. Notwithstanding medical expenses, which no insurance will cover entirely, the costs to modify his home and transportation to make them wheelchair accessible promise to be exorbitant. The expense of rehabilitation alone will be too high to calculate, and Jerome will need one-to-one care for a substantial period even after returning home. Add to that the lost wages and the effects of inability to work that won’t possibly be recovered fully through disability.True, we may not be able to help Jerome and his family cover all of the mounting expenses that they are about to encounter, but Jerome’s survival from this awful accident is proof to me that God works miracles. And He can work one again.

Jerome has spent years of his life in the business of protecting others. He’s dedicated himself to putting others’ needs above his own.
It hasn’t just been his job; it’s been his nature.

We now have a chance to do a little bit to help protect him.

Please give what you’re able. Every bit will help.

– Clay Aiken

I was stunned after reading this message.  I knew that the accident with Jerome was very serious, but I didn’t know how devastating it really was.  I also was so glad that Clay spoke up and helped us to know how we can help Jerome and his family.
Happy Birthday, Clay…I will be following your wishes and sending your birthday gift to Jerome and his family!  To learn more, clip on the link that Clay posted in his tweet above.
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In the last thirteen years, Clay Aiken has been very busy on his birthday.

  • 2004 – Clay helped light up the Rockefeller Christmas Tree
  • 2005 –Reading, PA.The Joyful Noise Tour
  • 2006 – Tour of Clay’s new home with Lynda Loveland
  • 2007 –Kalamazoo,MI.  The Joyful Noise Tour
  • 2008 – Spamalot at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway
  • 2009 – Family Time
  • 2010 – Family Time
  • 2011 – Recouping from working on Celebrity Apprentice
  • 2012 – On the Joyful Noise Tour-between Durham and Atlantic City! – Audience sang Happy Birthday!
  • 2013 – Preparing his political Campaign
  • 2014 – Working with Esquire in preparation of The Runner-Up
  • 2015 – Resting after performing at the Hollywood Christmas Parade on the 29th.

Clay helped light up the Rockefeller Christmas Tree – 2004

2015 - Hollywood Christmas Pre-parade Concert

2015 – Hollywood Christmas Pre-parade Concert

Reading, PA.The Joyful Noise Tour

The audience in Reading was ready to party with Clay in 2005.  The audience had paper birthday hats, glow sticks and even gave Clay a huge “pointy hat” that was signed by some fans.  It’s always fun to see Clay actually wear the birthday hat.

I hope that Clay is enjoying his special day and is surrounded by his extended family and friends. 

I am sure each one of us wishes him the very best!!!

I bet Clay would enjoy seeing some birthday greetings from you!

It’s always fun to make him smile!

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Comments

  1. A Very Happy Birthday, Clay! I wish for you a glorious day! I know your thoughts are about Jerome, so please know, our thoughts are with him, too! I donated yesterday to Jerome's caring website, and I hoping many of you have, too! I will donate again today with a story of our gentle giant!

  2. I had forgotten that it was Clay's birthday when he performed at Rockefeller Center's tree lighting. Has that many years really passed by so quickly? Lets all keep praying and donating for Jerome.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLAY!!! HOPE YOU HAD A GREAT DAYSENDING GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO JEROME HOPEFULLY I CAN MAKE ANOTHER DONATION SOON

  4. Happy Birthday to Clay Aiken. I hope your special day was filled with fun..

    So sad to read about Jerome. I hope we are able to raise lots of money for him and his family.

    I love the videos today. We have so many great memories.

  5. Happy Birthday, Clay

    How fun to see the videos. They are great

    I am sending prayers along with a gift to Jerome. He is a treasure.

  6. Happy Birthday Clay! Hope you read all the wonderful comments on Jerome's page, the outpouring of love for your dear friend brought tears to my eyes, but hopefully put a smile on your face to know how many truly love and support Jerome.
    Love all the videos, thanks so much!

  7. I want to wish Clay the happiest birthday possible with all the worrying he must be doing over his close friend Jerome. I will be sending a donation tomorrow. Clay isn’t getting older he’s getting better – if that’s possible.

    What a holiday treat the Christmas videos are . Thanks very much music fan!! I want to wish everyone a merry Christmas & may God bless you. UNCONDITIONAL love for you Clay.

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