The Simants family is battling cancer again. Recently Grady underwent surgery to remove spots on his brain, friends and family said Monday.
A fundraiser is set May 9 to help. Grady recently underwent another surgery. He was previously diagnosed with medulloblastoma. Although medulloblastoma is rare, it isthe most common malignant brain tumor of childhood, accounting for about 20% of all childhood brain tumors.
Between 250-500 children are found to have medulloblastoma each year in the United States, according to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
The family is working with St. Jude’s in Tennessee for treatment of the disease.
On Thursday May 9, you can drive through the parking lot between Hobby Lobby and Holiday Inn Express from 4-7 p.m. and make a contribution.
If you want to come inside, cocktails and music will be served from 5-7 p.m. The Holiday Inn Express is at 300 Holiday Frontage Road in North Platte.
The Business and Professional Women are hosting the fundraiser. Grady’s mother Jodi has been an active member of BPW for several years and is currently the president.
Clarine Eickhoff, general manager of the Holiday Inn Express, felt compelled to help.
“Grady’s grandma worked for us for a couple years at the Holiday Inn Express and we have worked closely with Jodi and the girls from BPW, hosting their annual Wine and Brew,” Eickhoff said.
Jodi also previously worked at the Buckle in the Platte River Mall. She is currently employed at Great Plains Health. Grady’s father Bill works for Union Pacific.
Deeply rooted in the community of North Platte, the family has touched many people. Grady’s first battle inspired help from the community under the name of “Grady’s Avengers,” and the name continues.
Guest Avengers will help collect money in the parking lot, with North Platte’s Eagle radio on hand.
“We are excited to see our friends in Avenger costumes.” Eickhoff said.
Cassie Condon, a BPW member, said it will be an opportunity where spare change can go to the family and “all you have to do is just drive through the parking lot and give to the Avengers.”
Donations are also being collected at Equitable Bank, where an account for the family has been established.