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SayleStock music and art festival returns to Ridgewood on Sunday


SayleStock music and art festival returns to Ridgewood on Sunday

APRIL 25, 2014    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014, 12:31 AM

Three years after Matt Sayles gathered his friends and family for a music festival on the lawn of his parents’ vacation home in Lake George, N.Y., the tradition will continue in Ridgewood to celebrate his life and raise awareness of salivary gland cancer.

SayleStock will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Van Neste Square. The concert will honor its creator and namesake, 26-year-old Matt, who died from salivary gland cancer on Nov. 10, 2011.

Attendees are encouraged to spread out in the park with blankets and chairs and enjoy an afternoon of music, art and food to benefit the Matthew Sayles Foundation for Salivary Gland Cancer, which raises money for research and awareness of the rare cancer.

Matt Sayles was teaching in Thailand when a persistent pain in the side of his neck sent him to the hospital for tests. Results came back inconclusive and so Matt returned to Ridgewood where he underwent more testing at hospitals in New Jersey and New York.

Doctors concluded that he had salivary gland cancer, and a failed attempt to remove the tumor revealed that it had metastasized to his lungs. Matt was teaching at Midland Park middle and high schools at the time and insisted he be treated normally despite the grim diagnoses.

“There really was no course of action,” said Matt’s father, Dave Sayles. “Once it had spread to his lungs there wasn’t much they could do. We tried chemotherapy and radiation.”

After his death, his parents formed the foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and called on Matt’s high school friends and the community to help bring SayleStock to Ridgewood. The first iteration of the event in Ridgewood last year drew about 700 people throughout the afternoon, Dave Sayles said.

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