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.