BBQ competition, bike rally benefit firefighter diagnosed with brain cancer


MIDWAY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A BBQ competition and motorcycle rally later this month has a great name and even better cause.

The Smokin’ Iron BBQ competition and Bike Ralley set for June 26 in Midway will raise

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Van and his new bridge Leslie/GoFundMe

money for 39-year-old Midway Fire Department Capt. Allen Vann who was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, on March 21, the day after he returned home from his week-long honeymoon in Cancun with his new bride, Leslie.

The couple were married March 13.

He was experiencing headaches and some memory issues while on their trip, so they visited the emergency room the morning after they returned and found out he had brain cancer.

According to a GoFundMe account set up on their behalf, Vann had surgery to remove a lime-sized tumor from his brain that week and returned home after a few days. He’s just finished six weeks of intense treatment with both radiation and chemotherapy.

He’ll continue chemotherapy every four weeks for the next six months to a year. His prognosis for a long life is good, but it’s still a long road, according to what doctors have told them. 

The BBQ competition and cycle rally will be held at Walter Bradley Park in Midway to also raise money to help offset medical expenses. It’s organized by Vann’s fellow firefighters and friends.

BBQ competitors are encouraged to show up early as judging begins at 4:30 p.m. Motorcycles may arrive at 1 p.m.
The entry fees for the BBQ competition are $35 for single and $60 for teams of three or more. The categories will be best beef, best chicken, best seafood, and pork and there isn’t a limit to how many dishes competitors provide as the judges will be deciding a grand champion, a runner up and second runner up.
Organizers hope the event will become an annual one in Midway.
Call 859 314 2712 to enter. The deadline is June 20.