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Guy family honoring Nathan's memory with 'Hawkeye Cans for Cancer'

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

Nathan’s mom, Cindy Guy, stands next to his aunt, Teresa Mangold, who are raising money for area families in need with Hawkeye Cans for Cancer. Since they began collecting cans mid-March, more than 10,000 cans have been brought in with the proceeds going to the nonprofit to help others in need.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske Nathan’s mom, Cindy Guy, stands next to his aunt, Teresa Mangold, who are raising money for area families in need with Hawkeye Cans for Cancer. Since they began collecting cans mid-March, more than 10,000 cans have been brought in with the proceeds going to the nonprofit to help others in need.
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A parent’s role is help make their child’s dream come true. Nathan Guy had a dream that once he beat cancer, he was going to raise money to help other patients and their families with “Cans for Cancer.” Nathan passed away before he could see that dream fulfilled but his mother, Cindy Guy, with the help of other family members, is working hard to make sure that dream becomes a reality.

“This is what he was going to do when he beat cancer, but that didn’t happen so we’re doing it for him,” Guy explained. “I was proud that he was thinking of other families.”

Nathan was diagnosed with ALL (acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in June of 2017. After a 19-month battle, he passed away in February of 2019, just shy of his 40th birthday. In his honor, the Guy family has started to put together a nonprofit, Hawkeye Cans for Cancer, to help local families in need of help. One way they are funding the nonprofit is through donations collected at the WCDC Redemption Center in Washington.

Anyone interested in donating can take used aluminum cans and glass bottles to the WCDC Redemption Center in Washington and tell the cashier they would like the money to be donated to the memorial fund. The funds will stay local to support area families in need of assistance.

Guy explained that although going through cancer is taxing on the body, it is also a great financial burden. Doctors’ visits, travel expenses and medications can add up quickly. Their goal with Hawkeye Cans for Cancer is to be a support system for other families going through a similarity difficult time and are asking for community support to continue their mission.

“We hope that this community will keep it going to help people in the community who are battling cancer,” she said.

Despite the pain of losing Nathan, the Guy family has been able to rally together and create a nonprofit in his honor and that is something she knows Nathan would be proud of.

“He’d be happy we’re doing this,” she said.

Any families who need financial assistance are encouraged to contact Cindy Guy at 319-653-7556. The WCDC Redemption Center is located at 702 E. Washington Street in Washington.