Fundraising to Support Iowa Senate Leader and Others With Brain Tumors

Tomorrow night in Ankeny there will be a fundraiser to support cancer research and medical expenses for Senator Jack Whitver and other families facing medical expenses as a result of a brain tumor diagnosis.

Sen. Brad Zaun said more than 450 tickets have already been sold. “This is not about Republican-Democrat,” Zaun said. “It’s not about politics. It’s about trying to help the Whitver family.”

Whitver, who is 43, announced in mid-May that he is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Dan McCarney, Whitver’s coach when he was a starting wide receiver for Iowa State football, helped plan the event, and current Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz is among those in attendance.

Zaun said many of Whitver’s former Iowa State teammates are also coming, including some who would be familiar names to loyal Iowa sports fans. “Like Seneca Wallace and Lane Danielson and a bunch of those people,” Zaun said. “Jack certainly had a lot of big plays himself when he was at Iowa State.”

Zaun, a self-described Hawkeye fan, said it was a privilege to listen to Whitver’s former coach and teammates talk about Whitver.

“He’s certainly done some incredible things as a former athlete, when he was at Iowa State,” Zaun said. “I always tell him, ‘Hey, listen. This cancer is nothing because you beat the Hawkeyes. You can definitely beat this cancer after you beat the Hawkeyes. Jack’s in a good mood.'”

Iowa State defeated Iowa in four of the five seasons Whitver was on the Iowa State football team.

The money raised on Thursday will go to a foundation. Any proceeds not used to cover Whitver’s own cancer treatment expenses will be used to support cancer research and other families facing a similar diagnosis.

Whitver and his wife, Rachel, are the parents of three children. Whitver was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011 and has served as Senate Majority Leader since March 2018.

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