A benefit is planned this month for Thane Wooley, a local resident who has been fighting cancer for much of his young life. The benefit is Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. at the Defiance K of C Hall.
Since Wooley is a big sports fan, the event will have a sports theme. Guests may dress for their favorite team if they wish. The food may even be a fun tailgate style.
Many of the silent auction items will be sports memorabilia, including autographed items from Jon Niese, Chad Billingsley, Dace Kime, Len Barker and Joe Charboneau, Nick Castellanos, Sam Hornish, Jr., and the Defiance High School Championship basketball team. There will also be assorted gift cards, baskets, hand crafted items, and many nice gifts.
There will be musical performances by great local talent with a chance to “vote” by donations and see who can raise the most money. Entertainment will be provided by Bekah Bradley, Kirsten Coffman, Mark & Melissa Schnitkey, Randy Schroeder, Casie Sprow, Hannah Zedaker, Jim Zipfel, Seth Nofziger of Archbold, Lexi Sauber and Lisa Williams of Wauseon, Defiance College quartet, D.C. Sisters, The All American Girls, Defiance Dance Studio and maybe a surprise from Thane’s uncle, Bruce Wooley.
Tickets are $15 with a deadline of Sept. 21. They are available at ACE Hardware and Bill’s Sports Center, Wauseon; Corner Gallery of Archbold (phone Marlene Huber at 419-445-8161) or call Deb Weisgerber at 419-782-4311.
The event is sponsored by “Trees of Life” local chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society. All attendees will have chances to win Moss art, including five prints which will be given as door prizes and an original sketch which will be auctioned.
The “Trees of Life” local Chapter of the Moss Society chooses a worthy cause each year, and have raised over $205,000. This is their fifth year for doing “Defiance Has Talent and Heart” and it has proved to be a very popular and successful fundraiser.
Organizers are still in need of financial sponsors. Persons or businesses who would like to donate may call Deb Weisgerber at 419-782-4311.
Thane was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma at the age of four. He has been courageously fighting the cancer for nine years now, and will celebrate his 14th birthday on Oct. 5. T
hane receives treatments at Toledo Children’s Hospital and Sara’s Garden Hyperbaric Center in Wauseon. The family has a deep-rooted faith, and Thane is on prayer chains everywhere which has helped tremendously in getting through the struggles. Another source of strength and joy has been Thane’s involvement with the Defiance College Basketball family, which includes his big brother Wade. He has been “adopted” by the team as their manager and has been a real inspiration to the guys.