Blaze destroys a home, not spirits

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If the Gower family hadn’t already had tough times with the loss of a son to cancer, they took another blow this past weekend when their century-old ranch home was destroyed by fire.

The story in The Kansas City Star, written by Donald Bradley and found HERE, eloquently tells of another huge loss for Randy and Toni Gower, who watched 23-year-old Cody Stephens die of cancer just 12 months earlier.

I can’t imagine losing my child like Toni Gower did last January. And I struggle with this added hardship to the family. But those who know her say Toni is one of the most remarkable people you might ever meet. I hope I get to find out for myself someday soon.

For the time being, work is going on trying to help the family cope with another loss and repair the things that can be fixed. The outpouring is awesome, something I come to expect in the world of rodeo. I hope to share more wonderful stories with you about some of the giving that’s taking place, but I want to make sure all those folks get their due.

And I’d like to give you the opportunity to help the Gowers; a fund has been established at People’s State Bank, P.O. Box 406, Cherryvale, KS 67335 in care of Randy and Toni Gower.


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