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EU teachers help ailing colleagues husband suffering from cancer
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Two members of the East Union High staff led a concerted effort to raise money last Friday in assisting one of their own.

All told, Julia Bylow and Eryn Bowers managed to collect about $900 by selling spaghetti bowls at last Friday’s varsity football game between the Lancers and Weston Ranch at Dino Cunial Field.

Proceeds went to Special Education instructional aide Nancy Adams, whose husband, John, is terminally ill with cancer and under 24/7 hospice care, according to Principal John Alba.

Money will help defray cost for hospice care.

“We started this process 24 hours ago,” said Bylow during half-time of the varsity game. “Everything was donated, from churches, businesses, community members, parents and students.”

For example, Da Vinci’s Delicatessen chipped in by providing bread, with local organizations such as Future Farmers of America, the Unicycle Club, and the Kiwins doing their part for the cause.

The donations didn’t stop there.

Calvary Community and United Lutheran, two local churches, purchased the pasta while family members came in to cook up the spaghetti meal, using every pot in the East Union food room class.

Earlier, Bylow and Bowers conducted a school fundraiser for Adams, who was traveling daily to Oakland when her husband was undergoing cancer treatments. They collected about $400 for gas money in order for their colleague to drive back and forth to the Bay Area.

Bowers, who is a Vocational Education teacher, noted that the spaghetti bowls went quick, selling out in about half hour.

Bylow is a campus monitor and tennis coach.

About a year ago, she along with head football coach Mike James and Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor Karl Knutsen – coupled with the local paramedic team of Keith Daniel and Jon Mendoza – were credited with saving the life of EU secretary Sue Bloodgood by administering CPR.

Bylow, meanwhile, was amazed with the outpouring of the local fundraiser benefiting Adams and her family.

“It was so overwhelming to see the people come together in a time of need,” she said.