Newman’s Own is Also Davidson’s Own
Davidson resident Clayton Banks is one of the first six children chosen to be featured on select Newman’s Own® products. The new packaging features personal stories of the children it supports through its grantee partners. Look for Clayton’s picture and his story on Newman’s Own pizzas, dog food, and cookies. In its 40-year history, the food company, founded by actor, race car driver, and philanthropist Paul Newman, has given away 100% of its profits to good causes, including kids facing adversity.
Clayton, son of Avie and Bonswa Banks, was born April 27, 2012, seven weeks before his due date. Weighing only 1 pound and 5 ounces, Clayton was in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) for 95 days. Fortunately, although he has cerebral palsy, his loving family has a “can do” attitude. And so does Clayton.
Through the early education programs at The Children’s Courtyard, Avie and Bonswa heard about Victory Junction, a SeriousFun Children’s Network camp. Before his untimely death at age 19, Adam Petty, the son of NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and grandson of racing legend Richard Petty, was planning to establish a SeriousFun Camp, a place where children with serious illness could experience the joys of childhood and forget about being sick for a while. This camp, part of a global network, is located in Randleman, NC, and was established in Adam’s memory by the Petty family.
Although it was difficult for Avie and Bonswa to leave Clayton at camp for four days and three nights, it was not difficult for Clayton. He sent them off with a wave and a smile. That was four years ago, and Clayton hasn’t missed attending camp since then (except for COVID restrictions in 2020). The camp’s specialized sessions throughout the summer offer adaptive activities, depending on the needs of the children. Clayton’s mother says the camp “takes away fear and focuses on fun.”
Clayton, who enjoys playing adaptive sports, has become quite the young fisherman. Last summer he caught a record eight fish. He is already looking forward to next summer’s camp with its constant activity. His parents send him off with confidence because of the camp’s high-quality medical care and its safe, supportive environment.
For information about Camp Victory Junction, please visit their website: https://victoryjunction.org/.
You can learn about Clayton’s early start in life by reading 95 Days in the NICU, a well-balanced tale of hope, perseverance, and belief, written by Avie Banks.
Jennie Clifton, a Concord native, taught high school Latin in Georgia, where she was a Tar Heel in exile until she and her husband Cecil, a Davidson graduate, retired here in 2011. They are now enjoying life at The Pines.