ROCHELLE – A parade of vehicles drove past the house of one local resident battling cancer Wednesday to show their support in his fight to recovery.
At only 42 years-old, Clint Dickey was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in November 2019. Since his diagnosis, Dickey has undergone surgery that successfully removed the cancer from his colon, but he has since found out the cancer spread to his liver.
Dickey received eight rounds of chemotherapy and is now going to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to find out if he is a candidate for a surgery to remove the tumor from his liver. The parade was scheduled the same day Dickey was traveling to Minnesota as the community’s way of standing behind him on such an important day.
“Today is a day of big decisions for us and what happens next with Clint’s treatment,” said Kate Shaw-Dickey, wife of Clint. “We have had a ton of texts and phone calls from people letting us know they are with us and behind us. It is pretty incredible to know there are that many people that care about us and are praying for us.”
The parade began at the St. Paul Lutheran Church and School parking lot, went down Squires Landing past the Dickey’s home and finished on 20th Street. A Rochelle police cruiser led the parade and was followed by many residents, representatives from local businesses, fellow Freemasons and friends of the family, honking and waving from their vehicles.
“When I heard about the parade from another Mason brother, I knew I had to come out to support him,” said Rich Spahn, Freemason member. “He is a fellow Mason, as well as a great guy.”
Clint, his wife, Kate, and other family members stood on the front lawn of their home waving back at nearly 50 vehicles that drove past their home.
The Dickey family was very moved by the parade, as well as everything the community has done for them, and want to give a big thank you to everybody who has reached out.
“We just want to let people know how much we appreciate everybody and all that they have done for our family,” Kate said.