Proceeds from silent auction, pageant help pay bills for teen

Two groups are helping the White family of Banks pay medical bills related to their son, eighth-grader Joe White, who suffered a stroke and had brain surgery in January.

Joe, 13, who attends Banks Junior High, is continuing physical and occupational therapy to regain speech and movement skills.

Banks volunteer firefighters donated half the proceeds from a raffle at their annual breakfast to aid the family. The March 2 event offered breakfast, fire engine rides, fire safety training and blood pressure checks.

The White family — parents Jeanne and Dave, Joe and his sister Emma — attended the event at the Banks fire station.

“It was nice to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in a while and Joe got to meet and thank some of the volunteers who helped him,” said Jeanne White. “The whole family had a great time. I am continually amazed by the wonderful people we have in our little community.”

Another upcoming event, the “Mr. Brave” pageant sponsored by Banks High School’s leadership class, is set for 7 p.m. Thursday night, March 13. A portion of the proceeds will aid the White family.

“They’re going to do a slide show for Joe, and it should be a lot of fun,” Jean said, adding that Emily Vandehey of the leadership class is spearheading the effort.

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