VINTON – The Vinton-Shellsburg community joined together last week to support one of their own facing cancer.
The girls’ volleyball team hosted fund raisers Thursday night during their home game and again Friday night at the home football game to benefit Carly Meyer.
Meyer, a Tilford kindergarten teacher fighting Acute Myeloid Leukemia, has undergone chemotherapy. While her community rallied around her, there was some good news.
Her husband, Wes, a Vinton Police officer, posted on his Facebook page on Aug. 29 that Carly is “unofficially” in remission. They are awaiting the results of a third bone marrow biopsy for confirmation.
“The chemotherapy was an ultimate fighter like Carly and completely emptied the bone marrow! The biopsy results came back NEGATIVE! The doctor stated Carly is unofficially in remission!
“Carly will now hang out at our Iowa City vacation home tentatively for two more weeks while her neutrophil counts increase. The count must be at a minimum level before she is discharged for home.
In approximately two weeks, Carly will have a third bone marrow biopsy to confirm that the Leukemia cells have been defeated!
“As always, THANK YOU EVERYONE for the love and support that has been shown in a multitude of ways.
“Carly says ‘I knew cancer was strong — but now I KNOW I am STRONGER!!’”
At the fund raiser on Thursday night, Vinton Police Chief Ted Paxton sat in the dunk tank, letting people try to dump him in the water.
Silent auctions Thursday and Friday nights helped generate money. Auction items included a lawn mower, a leaf blower and a artist’s rendition of the United States flag.