Dinner to focus on fighting spirit of multiple people, their families


GRAFTON—In small towns and communities across the world you will find individuals who go out of their way to ensure those struggling through a difficult time know that they are thought of, cared for and most of all taken care of.

Among those bright lights within the Taylor County community is Daniel Dowdy, who has been hailed by those who know him as a “doer.” When crisis strikes, such as sickness or losses due to fires, Dowdy is often leading a charge to help others.

But because cancer doesn’t play favorites, the Dowdy family has found themselves cheering Daniel on in his battle against Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“Daniel is the very first to support others in our community,” said family friend and co-worker Rebecca Markley. 

To show their support for Dowdy once more, the organizers of the Day for Dowdy have come together to serve up a delicious meal to help raise funds.

“If you know Daniel at all, then you know he absolutely loves spaghetti. And you also know that he is a big jokester who will always find a way to lighten the mood in a tense situation,” explained Markley.

“Stress could be building at work and Daniel would say one day when I get cancer, I hope I get a spaghetti dinner.  Obviously, it would break any tension, and people would giggle because he loves spaghetti so much,” she continued. “So, it only felt right to give him his spaghetti dinner!”

However, in true “Daniel fashion” the meals will not only benefit him, but others in the community who are battling alongside him.

When members purchase a meal from this particular fundraiser, they will also be supporting Courtney McKinney and Christie Collins and their families as they navigate through their cancer journeys.

Join the Day for Dowdy crew for their Noodles for Our Neighbors dinner. Meal will include spaghetti with meatballs, bread, salad and dessert and will be offered for take-out only from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, at Little Feet Daycare, located at 142 Blueville Drive, Grafton.

Organizers shared that single meals will cost $10 or participants can feed the whole household (of four to five people) for $25 with a family meal. During the event, children’s meals will be offered for $5 each.

To make things easier on those who would like to order, as well as those preparing the scrumptious meals, pre-orders are being taken.

“We encourage those who would like to support Daniel, Christie and Courtney through Noodles for Our Neighbors to go ahead and pre-order meals to ensure we have enough,” Markley shared.

To do so, individuals may access the QR code found with this article, as well as online at noodlesforneighbors.org or by calling Little Feet Daycare at 304-265-4930.

“Grafton really rallies around hurting community members, and we look forward to seeing a great showing of support for not only Daniel but Courtney and Christie and their families,” expressed Markley. “So, take a load off and let us do the cooking for the night. It’s for a great cause!”

For more information on how you can help out, please contact Markley at [email protected].

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