AVON — The Lowe family has a heart for cancer victims. As professional barbeque chefs, they’ve decided to put their skills to use and have planned the Q for the Cure of Cancer.
The fundraising event will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 14 at Avon Christian Church. There will be guest speakers, live music, children’s games, a bake sale, a raffle, a silent auction, a car show, and more than 20 vendor booths.
Jim and Sherry Lowe run J & M’s Smokehouse with the help of Jim’s youngest son, James. The barbeque outfit has been designed for fundraising events.
“We’ve been a part of the Hendricks County Rib Fest and did a fundraiser for Keller Williams for the state fair victims,” said Jim Lowe. “We’ve done the barbecue for many things. Our big venture now is soccer tournaments.”
The family uses an “old school” wood fired cooker.
“Barbecue is our passion,” he said. “I’ve been working in food service since I was very young. I used to go to work before school back when I was in high school.”
He has not always been able to use his talents in the kitchen because there have been some very rough patches for the family.
In 1999, Sherry’s brother, David Crites, was diagnosed with osteo sarcoma above his right wrist. After initial treatment and amputation, the cancer continued to attack. Sherry and David had both been married before and had their own children. The crew packed up and drove Crites to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to find out the extent of his cancer.
“Things were not good and David decided that he would go back to Ohio for treatment,” Lowe said.
Lowe said his wife was very close to her brother. In fact, her brother had walked her down the aisle when Sherry and Jim were married.