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Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 1:00 pm

The Enterprise Parks and Recreation Center Adventure Camp dedicated its talent show on Friday, July 27 to a camper who had to drop out due to cancer.

Jaylen Burnice was diagnosed with T Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, a rare fast growing form of cancer, in June, according to the talent show program, and has started taking chemotherapy in Birmingham.

This year, the show had 13 performances including a magic act, singing acts and dancers.

The campers were judged by a three-person panel composed of Enterprise Chamber of Commerce President Erin Grantham, Parks and Recreation employee Delphine Harris and Enterprise Assistant City Clerk Beverly Sweeney.

Tytorron Gilbert was awarded first place in the talent show for his dance choreography to “Hit the Quan” by I Heart Memphis.

Anniston Jones placed second for playing and singing “Riptide” by Vance Joy on the ukelele

Jadia Day took the third-place spot with her rendition of “What’s My Name” by China Anne McClain.

After the show, Burnice’s mother, Teela Witherspoon, talked about her son’s journey and all the support she’s received from the community.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone for the prayers, love and support,” Witherspoon said, wiping tears from her face. “I’m so proud of how strong he’s been going through this process. I don’t have much more to say than just continue to pray for us. He’s a fighter, he’s going to make it through.”

Burnince was given a bag of Pokemon cards by his camp counselor, Zoe Binz, as a gift from everyone in attendance.

“While you were here, you had Pokemon cards everyday—even though you aren’t really supposed to but that’s okay,” Binz said. “We got you this little thing so you can have some fun since I know you get bored up there in Birmingham sometimes.”

The talent show usually marks the end of the Adventure Camp, but this year, the camp has an optional extension until Aug. 3.

The camp is for ages 5-12 and was at maximum capacity, 110 campers, this year.

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