The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

August 27, 2013

Community rallies behind 8-year-old cancer victim

OTTUMWA — This summer was supposed to be like any other summer for 8-year-old Aidan Baumgartner of Ottumwa. He was looking forward to swimming and playing baseball for the Cardinals in the Ottumwa Mid West Little League. His plans quickly changed, however, during baseball practice the first week of May.

While Aidan was running toward first base, he felt and heard a “pop” in his upper right shoulder. Thinking he had pulled a muscle, he underwent some physical therapy, but after a couple of weeks, the pain in his shoulder getting worse. Further tests revealed he had a cancerous tumor on the bone in his upper arm, and the “pop” he heard and felt was actually the bone breaking. The cancer was diagnosed at the University of Iowa Hospital as osteosarcoma.

As a result, Aidan has spent many days at the University of Iowa Hospital undergoing chemotherapy to reduce the tumor. He will have one or two surgeries to remove not only what remains of the tumor but to also remove bone from his upper arm and replace it with new bone either from his own leg or from a cadaver. He was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday, and he will then undergo additional chemotherapy for several weeks following the surgery before he will be able to resume the normal activities of an 8-year-old boy.

Aidan is the son of Thomas Baumgartner of Lone Tree and Amanda Baumgartner of Ottumwa and the brother of his older sister Avery.

To help the family with unexpected costs associated with traveling and staying in Iowa City at times during the summer and additional medical expenses, St. Paul Lutheran Church is hosting a community fundraising event from 3-8 p.m. Sept. 6 at the church, 1524 N. Court St. It will include root beer floats, pulled pork supper, silent auction and evening entertainment by the “Blue Grass Blondies."

Donations can also be made payable to St. Paul Lutheran Church and mailed to the church any time before or after the event. The South Central Iowa and KeoMa Chapters of Thrivent Financial will be providing matching funds. For more information or to offer additional help with the fundraiser, contact Pastor Ron Barnett by calling 641-684-4214 or emailing him at


Text Only
Local News
  • 0801 OTT Sports 2A State Baseball photo Fast start powers North Polk back into 2A Final DES MOINES — Top-seeded North Polk beat fifth-seeded and Heart of Iowa Conference rival Roland-Story 6-2 in the first Class 2A semifinal Thursday evening at Principal Park.The Comets scored all six runs in the first two innings, three each inning, en

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Graham's presentation A sweet history lesson OTTUMWA — In one of the most popular monthly presentations the Wapello County Historical Society has ever hosted, it was standing-room only to hear the history of Graham Milk and Ice Cream Company and try some of the popular product. A landmark in Ot

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • Ready, set, shop! OTTUMWA — Iowa's government says businesses must participate in the Tax-Free Weekend this Friday and Saturday. Store manager Greg Martin isn't complaining. "It’ll be much busier [than typical weekends]. Back to school is the second busiest season nex

    July 31, 2014

  • LCL scholarship recipients Supporting the health care future of the community OTTUMWA — For several area college students, Thursday afternoon was a chance to put names and faces with the thousands of scholarship dollars they have just received. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation hosted a reception to honor the 25 college s

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT DMV new building exterior -M Ottumwa's DMV station ready to move OTTUMWA — If you believe you'll need to visit the driver's license station next month, you may want to write this down: 2849 N. Court St., Suite B. That'll be the new address for the Iowa DMV's office, which is currently located across from the Fairf

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Five Things logo -L T Five things to do in southeast Iowa OTTUMWA — Celebrate summer in a variety of ways and in several communities this weekend. Many towns are holding festivals, shows and events all centered around the summer theme, so head out while it's warm. 1. "Summer Shorts" is the Davis County Play

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

Photo reprints