Even surrounded by tons of of individuals with all eyes on her son and household, this was an evening for Lori Wheeler to get away.
As an alternative of eager about her boy Bowe’s most cancers analysis, she might give attention to honoring him and seeing the entire good. It was an opportunity to alleviate the stress and exhale, if even for a short time period.
“We would have liked this,” Lori admitted.
Lori is not essentially an emotional particular person, however after Friday’s fundraiser for Bowe — a St. Edmond senior combating mind most cancers — the neighborhood’s generosity tugged at her coronary heart strings.
“I am not usually like this, however once we walked in and noticed all of it, it acquired to me,” Lori stated. “The entire folks, pals, household, and simply anybody that was there to assist Bowe…it was overwhelming.
“It was nice to see him smile and be round his pals. His pals from journey baseball (the Fort Dodge Legends), that are a number of Fort Dodge Senior Excessive college students, had been there. All of it means a lot.”
Lori and Bowe have been residence not too long ago, after Bowe’s common remedies in Iowa Metropolis each week. As he battles mind most cancers, pals, household and the neighborhood got here collectively in Fort Dodge to assist the 18-year-old senior on Friday.
Since his analysis in October, Bowe has been going by means of intense radiation remedies. This profit, a part of St. Edmond’s doubleheader in opposition to Humboldt, was all about celebrating Bowe.
“St. Edmond is household,” Lori stated. “We now have our household, my CJ Bio America household (the place Lori is employed) and St. Edmond.
“He’s in good spirits.”
Earlier than his battle with mind most cancers, Bowe cherished attending college and taking part in sports activities like baseball and basketball. After his analysis of him, he hasn’t been capable of attend college this 12 months.
Being again at St. Edmond on Friday was a real blessing.
“It is loopy what our neighborhood can do once they come collectively,” Bowe stated. “It is simply unbelievable how many individuals have accomplished for me.
“It was nice to be again right here on the college and see so lots of my pals.”
Over 300 folks dinned within the St. Edmond cafeteria for a chili and cinnamon roll fundraiser dinner, which was spearheaded by Luke Palmer, director of ESG at CJ Bio America, in addition to one in every of Lori’s pals, Janet Hubbell.
“I used to be first approached by CJ Bio, Luke and Janet about doing one thing,” stated St. Edmond president Mary Gibb. “We now have a discipleship class that’s taught by Mrs. (Marva) Dillon.
“Our youngsters got here collectively and designed shirts. Certainly one of our seniors, Alivia Torkelson, used her personal cash and purchased bracelets with Bowe’s title on them. She gave all of the proceedings to the household.”
Gibb was proud to see the neighborhood rally round one in every of their very own.
“This has been an extended 12 months for the Wheeler household. I am unable to think about as a mother or father what it will be prefer to undergo this,” Gibb stated. “We simply needed to put it on the market…everyone wished to assist.”
St. Edmond answered the decision collectively.
“I do know it has been robust for Bowe not having the ability to go to high school,” Gibb stated. “We simply need him to get wholesome.
“He has touched lots of people’s lives.”
Bowe began his evening on the chili supper and acquired his curtain name at halftime of the boys basketball recreation. He drew the names for the public sale objects out of the bucket as properly.
As he walked off the courtroom, the St. Edmond crowd let him understand how they felt, chanting, “We love Bowe.”