Fund-raiser to be held to support CNE student

Friends of Kyle Bowman have planned a special event April 30 to show their support for the Clermont Northeastern High School senior and football player, who was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

The event, called Batting for Bowman, will be held during the senior night baseball game at CNE, and Bowman’s friends will be selling food, wristbands and T-shirts at the event.

“I just want him to have a good time, know people are there for him and the whole community is behind him,” Aaron Wright, one of Bowman’s close friends, said.

Wright said he was really upset when he heard that his best friend had been diagnosed with brain cancer after having surgery in April to remove a cyst that was thought to be benign.

“The first thing that came to my mind was ‘How can I help him? And, what can I do for him?’” Wright said. “I started talking to my closest friends, we got T-shirts for him and wristbands for him too.”

Aaron and his friends, along with Aaron’s mother, Heather Wright, Megan Yeager and Mike Kirk, the baseball coach at CNE, helped plan the event to show support and raise money for Bowman’s family.

“His mom said he did qualify to get a lot of his medical expenses paid for,” Heather Wright said. “But there are more things we can come up with to make his family as comfortable as possible through this process.”

The event, “Batting for Bowman,” will take place during the senior night for the CNE softball and baseball teams. There will be concessions, activities and T-shirts that read “Stay strong Bowman,” will also be available for $10.

Wright said the proceeds from the sales will be put into a fund, called “Stay strong Bowman,” at Park National Bank to be used to assists Bowman’s family during the difficult time.

“We just want everyone to come out and show support,” Heather Wright said about the event.

Bowman’s mother, Valerie Goins, said seeing the support the community has given her son has touched her heart.

“He’s got some awesome friends who want to do this for him, and I thank them,” Goins said.

The baseball game, and “Batting for Bowman,” will begin at 4:30 p.m. April 20 at Clermont Northeastern High School.

Heather Wright said people can also donate money to the fund at any Park National Bank location.