Shave-a-thon benefits local boy

SHABBONA – Even at 3, Dylan Carey is a big Superman fan. So it only seemed fitting to have Superman as the theme of the SuperHero Shave-A-Thon cancer benefit Aug. 17 at Q Salon and Quinn’s Grooming Parlour in Shabbona.

Proceeds will help Dylan’s parents, Chris and Tim, pay his medical expenses as he undergoes chemotherapy.

On July 4, Dylan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma which, according to the American Cancer Society, is a form of cancer that starts in “certain types of very primitive nerve cells” in infants or small children.

“The Superman movie was just coming out when Dylan was diagnosed,” his mother said.

Many who attended the four-hour benefit wore Superman-style shirts bearing the letter D. People shaved their heads in a show of support, and there were games, face painting and a raffle. Funds raised were matched by an anonymous donor.

Though the salon usually has three stylists working at one time, Samantha Hunt said two more volunteered to help out. “My sister has been ill for some time, so we know what medical bills are all about,” she said.

To cap the day off, “Superman” – also known as Tyler Hunt of Waterman – arrived on a Harley. “You don’t see that every day,” Hunt said.

Kim Hoxsey, who presented the family with a check for $250, is running a fundraiser of her own, donating 10 percent of all Thirty-One sales from until Dec. 10 to the family.

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