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Willow Springs Student Honors Grandmother with Breast Cancer Awareness Trailer and OMC/Newby Fund

Willow Springs Student Honors Grandmother with Breast Cancer Awareness Trailer and OMC/Newby Fund

Waylon Woolsey, a senior at Willow Springs High School, is selling raffle tickets for a pink Breast Cancer Awareness trailer. Tickets will be sold by the OMC Foundation for $20. The raffle will take place during halftime at the Willow Springs High School Hoop Queen varsity basketball game on February 2, 2018. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the OMC/Newby Fund. This fund will support breast cancer survivors by providing funds for wigs and other amenities.

Waylon’s trailer is his high school senior project and also a memorial for his grandmother, Cathy Newby, who fought breast cancer for eight years. Mrs. Newby passed away in 1996, three years before Waylon was born. Waylon now wants to raise awareness for breast cancer so that other young people will have the opportunity to meet and get to know their grandmothers.

Waylon has roughly 15 hours in the project and completed it under the direction of his mentor in the Vo-Ag Program, Cody Stewart. Waylon also received assistance on this project from Mike Newberry of Newberry Auto Sales and Willow Springs FFA.

Carol Silvey, Vice President for Advancement at the Ozarks Medical Center Foundation, met Waylon to thank him for creating a wonderful memorial for his grandmother.

“The OMC Foundation is honored to be a part of Mrs. Newby’s memory,” said Silvey. “And we are proud of Waylon for raising awareness and funds for a disease that impacts one in eight women.”

“Willow Springs High School is to be commended for establishing a senior project that inspires students to honor family members and to create awareness for a cause,” said Silvey.

The trailer is 12 feet by 6.5 inches wide and has a detachable ramp tailgate and toolbox. For information on how to purchase trailer raffle tickets that support the OMC/Newby fund, contact the OMC Foundation at 417-853-5200.

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