Jam 4 Sam raises money for childhood cancer research

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Dozens gathered at Red Hills Brewery in Homewood for a fundraiser benefiting childhood cancer research. It’s called Jam 4 Sam in honor of Sam Lapidus who was diagnosed with cancer at just 9 years old and died at 15. His father, Billy Lupidus, said this event is how his son’s legacy lives on.

He said his oldest son would have loved Sunday’s event.

“He would have loved it although he would have not like the focus to have been on him or the focus to have been on cancer because that was not what he was about. He was about living life to the fullest despite the obstacles,” Lupidus said.

The fundraiser featured several local bands who donated their time for the cause, as well as a performance by Sam’s brother, Noah Lupidus.

The event was put together by the Jewish youth group Sam was a part of, the Abraham J. Mesch A.Z.A.

“We know that he would love to be here jamming out with his friends. He loved having a great time. He lived every day to the fullest. That’s a lesson for all of us to learn and we carry on that memory,” said Jack Steinmetz, Event Organizer and member of the youth group.

Sam’s father said the event means a lot to their family because it benefits cancer research at Children’s of Alabama, but also because it represents what Sam was all about.

“This event today honors him and his zest for life and having fun and being with his friends and listening to good music,” Lupidus said.

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