Imagine being in top physical condition, teaching karate, being an instructor for the Kansas Highway Patrol Academy in Salina, husband and father of three active teenagers and then finding out you have multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma. Bill Goodness, a former resident of Pratt for many years is fighting this cancer battle with his wife Kim by his side.
Bill and Kim have three children, Rachel, Taylor and Kobe. The family resides in Salina; however, they have many ties to the Pratt and Iuka communities. Bill is a member of the Pratt High School class of 1981 and taught youth and adult karate for many years. Kim (Lashley) is a member of the PHS class of 1983. She worked at Safeway and Jim's Foodliner for years while also caring for children in their home.
An afternoon/evening of fundraising has been organized by a few classmates from the Class of 1983 to help the Goodness family with their unexpected medical and living expenses. There will be a bake sale and silent auction as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, chips and beverages available from 3-7:30 at the Senior Citizens Center, 619 N. Main on Saturday, July 27. Donations of items for the event can be made by contacting Melinda (Dover) Koonce, 316.435.2099, or Tina (New) Fox, 620.388.2874. Baked goods are requested to be dropped off Friday the 26th or by noon on the 27th at 606 S. Oak.
A fund has been set up at The Peoples Bank for those who cannot attend on July 27 but would like to help the family. Multiple myeloma is a painful cancer, usually in the back and hips. Bill and Kim Goodness have moved to an apartment in Little Rock, Ark., where he will receive regular chemotherapy treatments at a nearby medical facility. The couple will attend a variety of classes to learn about the disease.