by Steve Peterson
More than 350 people attended a fundraiser for Ireton native Roni Van Ravenswaay, who has been battling appendiceal cancer since September, 2011.
Roni has undergone many tests and treatments, including HiPec surgery in June of 2012. The fundraiser was organized to help with living expenses and other expenses she has incurred.
Roni graduated from West Sioux High School in 2003 and then attended Aveda Institute of Minneapolis, Minn. She is currently self-employed as a beautician at Sola Salons in Edina, Minn. Roni is the daughter of Ron and Wanda VanRavenswaay.
Roni made the trip from treatment at University of Minnesota’s hospital in Minneapolis, Minn.
“It’s awesome. It’s a small town so I know everyone,” said Roni. “I try and get back every couple of months.”
“Roni is a fighter. She played on the basketball team and the track and field team at West Sioux, was a cheerleader for the football team and Homecoming queen,” said her mom, adding, Roni was also active in the school musicals.
Her dad said the family was very humbled by the support shown Saturday.
A brunch and silent auction were both held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the West Sioux Elementary School in Ireton.
Silent auction items ranged from fishing and hunting weekends in Chamberlain, S.D. to kids’ puzzles and games; baked goods; Game Time snacks and a tote and various West Sioux High School items. A University of Iowa Hawkeye bag and chair was also a hot item.
“All of the funds raised will go to Roni’s medical and living expenses,” said Wanda.
Family members came from as close by as Sioux Center to as far away as Ames and various Minnesota towns.
Monetary donations may be sent to First Reformed Church, PO Box 309, Ireton. Make checks payable to 1st Reformed and put “Roni” on the memo.
Mom Wanda, dad Ron and Roni Van Ravenswaay at the fundraiser for Roni.