Wilhagens Fundraiser

Reporting by WVUA 23 Olivia Dance

Today, the community has a chance to come together to help out a local family in need.

The event will raise money for the Spann family, whose 3-year-old son is fighting a battle with cancer. Wyatt Spann is about to undergo his fifth round of chemotherapy for an aggressive brain tumor.

The event will take place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at Wilhagen’s Bar and Grill. Robert Wildman, the owner of Wilhagen’s, explained why he got involved and wanted to help.

“Well, I belong in a law enforcement motorcycle club called The Punishers and we’re all first responders, military and one of our guys is friends with the family and kinda got touched by the story,” Wildman said. “The kid’s 3 years old, he’s got cancer. In fact, he went back in they found cells in, I think, his spine just like, two days ago or something, so we’re kind of concerned right now.”

All of the money raised from the raffle tickets, plus any donations made will be given to the family to help Wyatt fight the disease.

“It’s sad anytime anybody’s got cancer or any kind of disease like that that’s life-threatening, but a 3-year-old, and I mean this is part of our community you know, it’s not somebody in another state or another part of the country,” Wildman said. “This is like, right here in our community. Poor kid, family’s struggling, they are trying to take care of him, taking off work, they need to be there to support him.”

UA’s local entertainment promotional team is helping to host the event and they are bringing in five local bands that will be performing at the fundraiser.

“Giving them a chance to play in front of a huge crowd,” President of the Lept Club, Mark Roushdi said. “They aren’t asking for any money, most of them are donating to the cause out of their own pocket, their all fantastic guys and this is a chance for them to get some promotion and do something good for the community.”

Right now, the Spann family’s GoFundMe page has raised $8,250 out of their total goal of $25,000.

“I just hope people come out,” Rhousdi said. “We’ve been putting a lot of hard work into this, it’s going to be a fantastic event, it’s going to be just so much fun, we’re very excited about it, we’re very thankful to all of our sponsors.”

To be a part of the cause, be sure to head to the fundraiser tonight at Wilhagen’s. If you cannot attend and still want to donate, click here to access the Spann family’s GoFundMe page.

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