Bandy’s family estimates that the cost of the transplant, medications and other medical treatment will run upward of $500,000.
“I’m overwhelmed with all of this,” Bandy said. “My two daughters and son organized this, and I never expected so many people to show up.”
Bandy was diagnosed last year with liver cancer and has been undergoing treatment at Stanford University Medical Center.
“We worked very hard to help this family,” said Herb Hunter, the general manager at West Valley Family Bowl, 2365 East St. “The Zachariah family, which owns the bowling alley, is planning to match the funds raised today at this event.”
Participants, including 11-year-old Spencer Norvell, paid $10 per person to bowl a two-hour time block between noon and 6 p.m.
“I’m here today because I love to bowl and want to help out,” said Spencer, a Tracy resident.
Richard Wong, a Mountain House resident and friend of the Bandy family, also contributed to the fundraiser.
“I am supporting my friend in this,” Wong said. “This place has never been this full, except during a big tournament. This is good.”
In addition to bowling, supporters bought baked goods and tickets for chicken dinners prepared by Texas Roadhouse. Donated prizes — from a 39-inch flat-screen television to a family pack of tickets to a Stockton Thunder hockey game — were raffled off. All in the Details disc jockey service announced the winners and provided a constant flow of tunes.
“It’s nice to see so many people stepping up to help,” said Tracy resident and veteran Lee Spencer. “I wanted to give back, and this is an opportunity to do that.”
Donations to support Bandy’s transplant costs can be made online at www.gofundme.com/3ypz5s or by calling 835-5262.
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