McDowell High School’ Student Council and DECA Club are hosting the fourth annual Mr. MHS Pageant on Saturday at East McDowell Middle School starting at 7 p.m.
This date was rescheduled after last weekend’s snow event across McDowell.
This special all-male pageant raises money for three families in the community, and is a great display of of students coming together to help others.
Luke Losey is the son of Bobby Pendley and the grandson of Gail Pendley. He is a kindergarten student at Nebo Elementary. He is a typical boy that likes to play hard on the playground, and enjoys Legos and Nerf guns at home. At age two, Luke was diagnosed with leukemia, which required him to take chemotherapy for three years. Three months later, his grandfather passed away. Luke is now in remission. Unfortunately, chemotherapy effects the body years later, which leaves him needing frequent checks at the doctor, feeling continuous fatigue and a low immune system. Luke lives with his father and grandmother.
Tyler Manick is the husband of Chelsey Manick and the father to a new baby girl Samaria. Tyler works at Duke Energy and Chelsey is a fifth grade teacher at West Marion Elementary. Tyler and Chelsey both grew up in McDowell County and graduated from McDowell High School. In May, Tyler was diagnosed with leukemia after being sick for two months. The couple was eight months pregnant with their first child. Chelsey and Tyler spent 26 days in the hospital while he underwent intense chemotherapy. They were released from the hospital on June 10 and their daughter arrived two days later. Tyler is now in remission and will continue chemotherapy for two years to ensure complete remissions.
Jack Thomas is the husband of Susie Thomas, the father of Megan Stroupe and grandfather of Mason Collins, a freshman at McDowell High, and students Maddox Wisor and Tinley Stroupe of Pleasant Gardens Elementary. Jack was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer almost five years ago. He went through chemo, but his body could not tolerate the treatments. He was not a candidate for bladder removal because of many other health problems. He has been undergoing immunotherapy treatments for a little over a year. In October, he had to have a below the knee amputation, and hopeful to get a prosthetic leg.
Each of the contestants in the show must raise at least $200 in order to participate, and their escorts must raise at least $50. An award is given to the young man who raises the most money.
Last year, Mr. MHS raised over $12,000 for the families they honored. This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 for the three families.
Tickets to the show are $10.