Flying pumpkins raise thrills and funds

December 12, 2012

A trio of cannons – including a custom-painted pink one – sent bright orange pumpkins soaring through the autumn air, all for the benefit of breast cancer patients. This pumpkin cannon event at Heiser Farms in Dayton raised $629 for the Breast Cancer Outreach Program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Ruth J. Spear Breast Center.

Sponsoring the booming Oct. 28 festivities at their family farm were Providence physician John Heiser, M.D., wife Kristi, and their children, Henry and Madeline. Their agrarian artillery can fire pumpkins more than a quarter mile.

The Heisers’ pumpkin patch, open weekends in October, features not only the cannon firings but also hayrides, a miniature train, pony rides, a petting zoo, fire engine rides and other entertainment. 

Many thanks to Dr. Heiser and family for their high-flying support of Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation!