Friday's benefit chicken dinner for Joseph Conway raised more than $8,000, surpassing the event organizer's goal of $5,000. The money will be used to help offset medical expenses.
"That's incredible; absolutely incredible" said Jennie Hipp, manager of Croghan Colonial Bank, which put on the fundraiser. "It really shows support from our community and how much Norwalk cares. I'm overwhelmed with the generosity and the support we received from everyone."
Hipp wrote on the Reflector's Web site she had volunteers of all ages, and "each of them earned wings today."
Conway, a third-grader at Norwalk Catholic School, is stricken with a brain tumor wrapped around his spine. He currently receives daily treatment at the Cleveland Clinic.
Nevertheless, he plans to attend school, said Hipp, a friend of the family. Conway also appeared at his fundraiser.
"He is so positive, he is absolutely amazing" she said.
If you wish to make a donation, make out a check to the Joseph Conway Benefit Fund, and bring it in to Croghan Colonial Bank, 27 E. Main St., Norwalk.