Thursday, December 5, 2013
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Cameron Folsom, 14, helped build and race a car to honor the memory of Jordan Ellis, 19, an Augusta teen who died of an apparent overdose in May. Folsom discussed the vehicle at his Augusta home on Thursday.
Staff photo by Andy Molloy
The number on the door of Cameron Folsom's race car bears the number 288 and the name "J Ellis" in honor of Jordan Ellis, 19, an Augusta teen who died of an apparent overdose in May. Ellis raced motocross bikes with the number 288.
HOW TO HELP
Donations are still being accepted for the Jordan Ellis Memorial Fund online at www.gofundme.com/jordanellis or by mailing checks made out to the Jordan Ellis Fund to Kennbec Savings Bank, 150 State St., Augusta, ME 04330.
Donations, which will be used to help establish a scholarship for Cony High School graduates, can be made at any Kennebec Savings Bank branch, Jewell said.
"It can be anyone's child," Ripley said. "It could be your brother, your sister. You don't know who it's going to be."
Keith Ellis hopes Jordan's story will help people make the better choices that his son failed to make. That hope is bolstered when Ellis considers Cameron and the effect Jordan's life and death has had on him. Keith and Leslie Ellis decided to have an open casket so that the hundreds of young people who attended Jordan's funeral would see firsthand how drugs can leave a family in tatters.
"It's about taking the time to make the right choices," Keith Ellis said. "The way he died, I hope that influences other people not to make those choices. I think Jordan would want to save one of his friends."
Corey and Cameron Folsom hope the Ellis' memorial car will continue that effort. The car will soon go on display on the lawn of one of Corey's friends who lives next door to Cony High School. The idea is to provide a daily reminder to students coming and going to school. The car will be taken to Waterfront Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 for MAAR's Recovery Wellness Rally. The event will include food, music and other entertainment as well as information on recovery programs.
"Recovery is a reality," said Ripley, who has been free of alcohol and drugs for 21 years. "People do recover."
Corey Folsom is glad the 288 will continue to affect lives in a way that's similar to the young man it represents.
"Nobody has any idea when the last time you're going to see that number fly," he said.
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