Bowling day raises $6,200 for Tracy man with liver cancer
by Anne Marie Fuller
Oct 03, 2013 | 2440 views | 3 3 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bowling fundraiser
Richard P. Bandy (far left), Charla Bandy and Victoria Bandy serve food alongside their father, Richard W. Bandy Jr. (right), as part of a medical expenses fundraiser  at West Valley Family Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 29. About $6,200 was raised  to help with a liver transplant and other medical expenses for Richard W. Bandy Jr.  Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press.
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Nearly 600 people visited West Valley Family Bowl on Sunday, Sept. 29, in support of a fundraiser that netted $6,200 to help with a liver transplant and medical expenses for local Tracy resident and veteran Richard W. Bandy Jr.

Bandy’s family estimates that the cost of the transplant, medications and other medical treatment will run upward of $500,000.

“I’m overwhelmed with all of this,” Bandy said. “My two daughters and son organized this, and I never expected so many people to show up.”

Bandy was diagnosed last year with liver cancer and has been undergoing treatment at Stanford University Medical Center.

“We worked very hard to help this family,” said Herb Hunter, the general manager at West Valley Family Bowl, 2365 East St. “The Zachariah family, which owns the bowling alley, is planning to match the funds raised today at this event.”

Participants, including 11-year-old Spencer Norvell, paid $10 per person to bowl a two-hour time block between noon and 6 p.m.

“I’m here today because I love to bowl and want to help out,” said Spencer, a Tracy resident.

Richard Wong, a Mountain House resident and friend of the Bandy family, also contributed to the fundraiser.

“I am supporting my friend in this,” Wong said. “This place has never been this full, except during a big tournament. This is good.”

In addition to bowling, supporters bought baked goods and tickets for chicken dinners prepared by Texas Roadhouse. Donated prizes — from a 39-inch flat-screen television to a family pack of tickets to a Stockton Thunder hockey game — were raffled off. All in the Details disc jockey service announced the winners and provided a constant flow of tunes.

“It’s nice to see so many people stepping up to help,” said Tracy resident and veteran Lee Spencer. “I wanted to give back, and this is an opportunity to do that.”

Donations to support Bandy’s transplant costs can be made online at or by calling 835-5262.

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October 07, 2013
I was so amazed when I came down to help with

the fun raiser at the amount of people who showed up to support the Bandy family. I have worked with Marcia Bandy for the last 15 years and know each one of her children and husband. They are one of the most kind, giving and wonderful families I've ever met. You can not go in the Bowl with out seeing one of them working away, In the Lounge , front desk or just helping out in someway. It has also been a pleasure working for the Zachariah family. It is true that we are one big family and we will always support one another.

Love and support always,

October 04, 2013
my husband and i can not believe the overwelming loving hearts we have all worked at west valley bowl of people to come out to our fund raiser on there sunday with there family n my family we have all worked at west valley bowl at one time or another my two daughters hav been party hostes to porter and then of course the front desk and my husband the heat and air many years ago and then there is myself still there going on sixteen years josh and the doctors family hav always been there for us and how amazing is that to of let us hav our fund raiser there and what a turn outi never new so many people cared so much my heart is over flowing my fellow coworker and friends did a bang up job and i can never thank all of u for helping us sooo much i luv u all and this is what family is albout my sesond home away from home i stay for all of u most wonderful angles thank u
October 04, 2013
Its hard for me to express in words how thankful I am to everyone who has been supporting me and my family through these troubled days. There is soo many people that I have yet to thank and many that I do not have their phone numbers or adresses, but let it be known that your contributions are heart felt.


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