By Brenda L. Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org
Hendricks County Flyer
---- — 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.
The family moved to Ohio to be close to Crites during his battle with cancer.
“David continued treatment and had his arm removed to the shoulder, but it was not enough to stop the cancer,” Lowe said. “His time may have been limited, but his heart was bigger than ever. He touched everyone who came in contact with him and was an inspiration to all. David never really asked anyone for anything until his last few days.”
He then asked Jim and Sherry to help other people with cancer. He died just a few days later.
Lowe said the moves and other family issues caused a financial crisis but they wanted to grant Crites’ wish one day.
“Now its 13 years later and we’re finally doing it,” he said.
Jim and Sherry’s children are now adults and they’ve gotten themselves into positions to get back to cooking barbecue on the weekends and for special events with their venture J & M’s Smokehouse.
The Lowes live on the west side of Indianapolis and are very active in the Hendricks County community. They first approached “Mighty Mia,” Mia Benge, a local girl fighting cancer.
“Her family told us they were doing okay financially but encouraged us to get involved and help support the Maeci and Gracie Give Back Foundation,” Lowe said. “So Mighty Mia and Maeci and Gracie will also be involved (with the event).”
They’ve been planning and organizing the Q for the Cure of Cancer for several months and it’s just around the corner. Activities planned include a barbecue contest and car show, which both start at 9 a.m. At 11 a.m., the food, vendors, and other activities will begin. DJ Rolo will be keeping the music going and a cornhole tournament will also be held.
There will be a welcome ceremony and special announcements beginning at noon. Cancer survivors will speak at 12:30 p.m., then the live music beings at 1 p.m. There will also be a roaming magician set to start at 2 p.m.
Results from the barbecue contest and the car show will be announced between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Then the scheduled live music begins with Angela McKinney at 4 p.m., Band SHADY at 5 p.m., Jim Ramsey Band at 6 p.m., South Six 5 Band at 7 p.m., and Jef Jones and the Naptown Review at 9 p.m.
Vendors will include It Works, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl, Mary Kay, Scentsy, 31, Shields Custom Painting, Juice Plus, Brynna Expressions, Key Fobs For India, Hazel House Ministries, Belly Button, Wild Tree Organic Foods, The Silver Dragon, Candle Warmers, and Visiting Nurses. Raffle and auction items include donations from Applebee’s, Subway, Orange Leaf, Andretti Autosports, Panther Racing, Harmony Winery, Scentsy, and more.
The Lowes said they are hoping the community really comes out for the event. They’re also still taking donations. Anyone who would like to help may call Lowe at 457-2006 or e-mail him at email@example.com.