By Bobbi Prentice
In every small town there’s that one guy. He’s the guy everyone waves to when they pass him on the street. He’s the guy your kid calls coach. He’s the guy who plays softball with your husband and is somehow related to your wife. Everyone in town knows him or has a friend that does. Every small town has that guy. Kuna’s guy is Bobby Withrow.
Bobby has lived in Kuna most of his life. During high school he worked at his dad’s sprinkler company and at eighteen he heard about a job at the Kuna Parks Department. He applied and has been there for eleven years. In 2005 Bobby became the Supervisor for Kuna’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Two weeks ago Bobby was out enjoying Kuna Days with the rest of our community when he developed a stomach ache. He headed to the hospital when it didn’t pass. At St. Lukes in Meridian they determined Bobby had a colon blockage and kept him there until they could determine the extent and cause. After what Bobby considered a “not so bad” colonoscopy, they decided he needed to have surgery to remove half his colon right away. Cancer was also discovered and found to be the cause of his blockage. With Bobby’s young age and family history it is unusual for him to develop this type of cancer. The surgeon removed half the colon but was unable to get all the cancer at that time.
One thing that Bobby would like to remind people is that if you feel like something is off, don’t ignore it. It is better to get it checked. A colonoscopy isn’t that bad and is a lot better than cancer.
Bobby’s surgery was successful and he has bounced back at an incredible pace. The subsequent step is one he takes nervously as he begins cancer treatment. The support he has received keeps him positive. He plans to return to work, at a light pace, next week.
Last Wednesday, a fundraiser for Bobby was held at Cowgirls. The community rallied and the event raised over $10,000.00. Bobby was shocked by the magnitude of the community’s support. Believe it or not, that guy was actually speechless.
“That is why people come to Kuna. It’s that small town feel. Everyone knows their neighbors and you form relationships that become a part of who you are. Thank you is not enough.”
Bobby has a battle ahead of him as he faces the realities of cancer, but he feels the support of everyone around him. Mayor Nelson summons up the feelings of the community. “Bobby is one of the best things to ever happen to Kuna and we wish him God Speed in overcoming this illness and again taking charge of the “Year of the Kuna Kids.” Thank you, Bobby. We truly appreciate you.”
As you continue to be a part of the Kuna community, be sure to look for that guy, and you will find him. He is Kuna’s that guy. Be well my friend.
Bank of the Cascades in Kuna has an account open for donations. You can also get updates on Bobby’s condition on the Facebook Page Bobby Withrow Fundraiser. Thank you for your support.