The Laramie High School FFA chapter put together a potato dinner fundraiser for one of their previous members who recently relapsed with cancer.

Kyle Dory, an LHS graduate, relapsed with cancer earlier this year.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to Dory. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, when he was a sophomore.

“When he was a sophomore, the FFA hosted a potato dinner, we had an auction, the school also put a bunch of stuff into it, and the entire event raised $17,000,” Brian Coxbill, one of the Snowy Range FFA advisors said.

This time, it was no different. The school community members got together to organize the most recent event.

“Honestly, we raised twice as much as I thought we would. So, I think that’s super amazing, and what it does is speaks volumes for the kind of community Laramie is,” Danielle Kunkel, the other FFA advisor said.

Some other events were going on during the potato dinner, including a set of auctions. There was a silent auction where more than 40 items were sold, and a live auction that sold 13 items. All proceeds from these auctions went toward Dory’s fund.

The money raised from this second event totaled at just shy of $18,000 to help Dory.

“Through this fundraiser, and another group called DoryStrong who were also selling wristbands, we managed to raise just shy of $18,000,” Coxbill said.

The numbers for people who ordered tickets for the event was over 650, which included semi-anonymous “donations” of $10 from people who couldn’t make the event, but still wanted to pitch in to the fund.

“We also presold tickets, a lot of people who bought the presale tickets didn’t show up as well, which was a donation kind of concept. So, there were likely well over 650 tickets sold,” Coxbill said.

The large number of people nearly sold out the event.

“I ordered 650 potatoes, and I had about 60 left, so we think we fed somewhere between 550 and 580 people.” Kunkel said.

If he were to ever get cancer for a third time, the chapter, the school and the community would likely answer the call and feed another 650 people in the name of charity.

“Kyle was a big part of our chapter, he participated on a couple of our teams at one state event and competed at the national convention. He was a big part of our group, so we felt very strongly that we needed to help him out.” Coxbill said.