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Community rallies in support of Culwell family at Van-Far

Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

Shannon Culwell, Jr. gets a hug from John Wallace as Culwell, Jr. is joined by his family last Friday evening. The gym was packed with fans and players who wore “Shannon Strong” T-Shirts as Culwell, Jr. is fighting a battle with cancer. The gym was also filled with a lot of emotions in the absence of Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, who passed unexpectedly earlier in the week.

It was an emotional night last Friday evening at Van-Far.
Though there was a rivalry game pitting Van-Far against Community R-VI, the gym was filled with so many emotions much larger than the anticipated contest that evening.
The shocking loss of a life lived by Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell was weighing heavily on the hearts and minds of a packed gym.
Goodpasture-Culwell became such an integral part of so many lives in the Vandalia community through her efforts several organizations.
The list includes the YMCA Project in Vandalia, First Presbyterian Church, Vandalia Recreation Corporation, Channel Seeds, Van-Far Athletic Booster Club, D.A.R., the former Vandalia Playcare, and she was strong supporter of youth sports.
Last Friday evening was also previously scheduled to include a “Shannon Strong” event to support her husband Shannon Culwell, Jr.’s fight against cancer.
All three of the couple’s children, with two playing on the varsity teams, were there for the emotional evening.
Treyson Culwell presented his dad with an autographed, framed photo of the Van-Far basketball teams with the cheerleaders who were lined up in the shape of a ribbon on the basketball court.
Annalynn Culwell and Reece Culwell held up basketballs that were auctioned off. A shirt was also auctioned off with the help of John Wallace.
With the Indians in control late in the game, Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway had Treyson exit to the applause of those in attendance.
The Indians won their game 89-55 while the Lady Indians lost 61-32.
In a touching show of respect, all of the Community R-VI players wore purchased “Shannon Strong” T-Shirts for the event.