Ian Galloway of North Platte is too young to understand that his road to treatments at Children's Hospital in Omaha every week might be blocked by an unreliable family car. A large fundraiser for a new family vehicle is scheduled Aug. 24 in North Platte, featuring magician Derek Selinger and his illusions.
Selinger will perform from 7-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites (southwest of 1-80 and Jeffers/Hwy 83.) Dessert will be served.
Selinger will perform for Ian at no charge, providing those who attend with family-friendly, top quality entertainment, said family friend Kathy Brasby.
“My only request is that those who come, give generously to the cause,” Selinger said.
The son of Jason and Melissa Galloway, 3-year-old Ian has neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic order that has given him brain tumors. He also has tumors squeezing his optic nerves, stealing his vision, Brasby said.
After diagnosis this summer, Ian and his family have driven to Children's Hospital in Omaha weekly for chemotherapy treatments, and they see progress in Ian's condition.
Tumors have damaged Ian’s balance, ability to swallow and his speech, but Brasby said he is making steady improvement in those areas with the treatments.
Doctors do not yet know if the treatments can restore his fading vision, but they hope to stop the damage to optic nerve, which might allow the nerve to heal.
Ian will have treatments every week for a year. Weekly trips to Omaha are made in the family car, which currently has 130,000 miles and blew an alternator a few weeks ago on a trip to Omaha, stranding them in York.
After an overnight stay in a motel, a tow-truck charge plus the cost of repairs, the family budget took a $500 hit, in addition to the usual cost of the trip.
The Aug. 24 fundraiser gives residents an opportunity to support Ian in his fight.
Illusionist Derek Selinger captivates his audience with a highly-energizing performance that engages the senses, mystifies the mind, and delights the eyes, his website says. During the 45-minute show, Selinger will perform some of his far-reaching, mind-blowing illusions on a smaller scale that everyone in the audience will be able to see.
“With the power of technology (camera and projector), every person in the room will be able to see exactly what is happening as if it were taking place six inches from their nose,” Selinger said.
Selinger normally does show, called “Jazz Magic,” exclusively for VIP guests with a backstage pass to his touring show, and for corporate VIP events, Brasby said.
Freewill donations will be accepted and are earmarked for a safe ride for Ian.
For a preview of the entertainer visit https://vimeo.com/28700481.
Nebraskaland National Bank as well as Bethel EV Free Church have established benefit funds in Ian Galloway’s name. Donation cans are also placed at local businesses.
There is a facebook page: www.facebook.com/iangallowaysjourney.