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Beautiful handcrafted bowl benefits area youth

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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A benefit drawing for a handcrafted wooden bowl, made by Wayne Ridenour, of Monett, recently took place at Cox Monett Hospital. Chances were sold to raise funds to assist the Bryan and Delania Ridenour family of Ozark, whose son, Noah, is battling lymphoma. Pictured above, from left, are: Sharon and Wayne Ridenour of Monett; Emily Lorenz, a Cox Monett volunteer who drew the winning ticket; and Denise and Ron Ridenour, of Monett, Noah's grandparents. [Times Photo by Melonie Roberts] [Order this photo]
A local man has used his unique talents to help raise funds for a 9-year-old cancer patient.

Wayne Ridenour, a Monett resident, utilized his woodworking experience to craft a wooden bowl, skillfully alternating blocks of glossy light and dark woods. Ridenour then sold tickets for two weeks before holding a drawing for the bowl.

Proceeds from the drawing were donated to his cousin, Ron Ridenour, whose grandson, Noah, has been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma.

"I was trying to raise $1,000," said Wayne as he presented the check to his cousin, Ron Ridenour, and his wife, Denise, grandparents of Noah. "But I was only able to get $1,322.

"The economy may not be the best right now, but the people of Monett have been very supportive," said Wayne. "We appreciate everyone who supported the effort."

Noah, who lives with his parents, Brian and Delania Ridenour, in Ozark, has successfully completed initial treatment for the illness and is slated to undergo an 18-month round of chemotherapy at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The funds will assist Noah's family in travel and other related expenses associated with the monthly trips for treatment.

"Noah will have to go to St. Louis once a month for treatment," said Wayne. "In all, this will be a two-year process."

Winner of the drawing was Ed Mareth, of 3D Corporate Solutions in Monett.



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