Boy’s memory lives on through fundraiser

Waynetown’s Tremaine Park will be the site for the “Slugging and Swimming for Superman” event Saturday to raise funds for the Kale Galloway family.

9-year-old Kale lost his battle against cancer in June. Close family friend Shadon Brown is organizing the event with an outpouring of volunteers and donors.

The event was to originally was planned as a way to help pay for an experimental drug that cancer doctors wanted to try with Kale. The Galloway’s insurance provider had denied to pay for the drug.

However, Kale’s condition deteriorated quickly and he soon passed.

Brown knew she still wanted to do the fundraiser, but waited to discuss the matter with the Galloway family. After a visit at the Galloway home, the decision was made to go ahead.

After the initial announcement was made, there was an outpouring of people contacting Brown to offer help. By Wednesday, people were still providing auction items and offering to work the event.

Besides the softball tourney, there will be a free will donation yard sale and bake sale. The community room at the Waynetown Aquatic Center will house the raffle items with the silent auction beginning at 5 p.m. Raffle items include one-half a pig and one-quarter of a beef cow.

Auction items include a smart TV, Colts and Cubs tickets, woodwork and handmade items.

“I am amazed at the way people are responding and the amount of wonderful items that have been donated,” Brown said. “We definitely have a full day planned and I am looking forward to seeing people share their love for this special family.”

A car show will begin at 4 p.m. with a free will registration fee.

At 5 p.m., musician Cap Quirk will entertain at the Rusk Shelter along with the start of dinner. The menu is pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, pies, chips and a drink for $5.

There will be kiddie games including bounce houses, a dunk tank, cake walk memorial rock painting and other activities, all at no charge.

The aquatic center will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight for swimmers making a $5 donation.

A family-friendly movie will be shown at the softball field for $1 per person, with concession items offered for a dollar.

For more information, visit the Slugging and Swimming for Superman Facebook page, where photos of some of the more than 100 auction and raffle items are posted. To make a donate, call Brown at 765-918-3610.

Raffle tickets are on sale now at the South Crawfordsville branch of Heartland State Bank and at the Fountain Trust Waynetown branch.