When Jason Bodley’s cancer came back, his friends rallied.
Hundreds of friends, fans and supporters gathered Sunday, May 3, at Oak & Alley, the craft cocktail bar Bodley helped open in Warsaw, to help raise money for Bodley and his family.
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Bartenders from craft cocktail bars Ball and Biscuit of Indianapolis and The Golden of Fort Wayne, as well as from Joseph Decuis, a restaurant in Roanoke, served cocktails alongside Bodley’s employees and friends.
Five local bands played. The staffs and owners of other Warsaw restaurants, including One Ten Craft Meatery, Cerulean and Noa Noa, served food. People enjoyed flavors in the sunshine while posting photos and messages of encouragement.
Bodley wasn’t able to attend because he’s undergoing chemotherapy, but voiced appreciation for the support.
Today my friends, family, and town are throwing me a party. I’m coming off of a difficult week. I’ve been quarantined again due to a super low white blood cell count. And this time, I am definitely feeling the pain from the shots. It took me longer to bounce back from round 2 of chemo and I am just now feeling like I can manage a good day, just in time for quarantine. And it’s so beautiful out today and almost everybody I love is 3 miles away- and there are drinks, (you know how I love drinks) and food, and music, and sunshine, and smiles, and hugs and I am just so sad I can’t be there to see you all and love on you all. I can’t thank you enough for this. The gifts, the meals, the financial support, the encouragement, the errand running, the babysitting, the cards, the thoughts, the prayers, the fact that you planned and are throwing this amazing party, the donated supplies, the amazing bartenders, the bands, the folks who are all there to drink for me. It is so much more than I deserve. It is so much more than I could have imagined. I miss you guys. I love you guys. I can’t wait to catch up and make you drinks and hug you. Thank you so very much for the love you’ve shown to me and my family. Not only are we grateful for it, we’re inspired by it. #drinkforjason Photo credit: @thechromelensphotography. @fricktion @thewhine @kendi312 @chefbutts Please direct everyone at the party to read this!!!
Ami Butler Tack of Indiana Wholesale Wine & Liquor Co., who helped organize the event, said around 800 people attended and raised thousands to help Bodley cover medical costs.
If you didn’t make it to the event but want to help, you can still donate to the Bodleys via the GoFundMe page.