|Fundraiser planned for Tim Davis family|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 20:27|
By Sheri Hink
The Wauneta Breeze
Members of the Palisade and Hayes Center communies are hosting a fundraiser event for the Tim Davis family on Aug. 4 at the Palisade school gym.
Forty-year-old Davis has been diagnosed with hemochromatosis, a blood disorder that causes the body to retain excessive amounts of iron. The disease causes severe joint pain, and if left untreated will cause organ damage, organ failure, cancer, diabetes II, and death.
Experts say people with hemochromatosis who are diagnosed and treated early, a normal lifespan is possible. If left untreated, hemochromatosis can lead to severe organ damage and even death.
Davis also has a thoracic aortic aneurysm. Tim’s wife, DeAnn, reported that the aneurysm in his heart currently measures between 4.8-4.9 centimeters.
She also explained that medical officials will do surgery on it when it reaches 5.0 centimeters.
According to DeAnn they also discovered that Tim also has a defective heart valve that the aneurysm directly extends from. She said the heart valve is supposed to have three flaps to let the blood through, but Tim only has two, which restricts the blood flow.
Tim’s cardiologist will be sending him to the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minn. so they can try and fix his valve at the same time they do surgery on his aneurysm.
Tim also suffers from spinal stenosis, bradycardia (slow heart rate below 60 beats per minute),
Until his health made it impossible Davis farmed and ranched with his in-laws, Dean and Jo Howard also of Palisade. Prior to that he was a truck driver for many years.
Tim’s family includes wife DeAnn (Howard) Davis, Weylin 17, Tyler 13, Haylee 9, at home. Tim’s other children include Dawnovan Polsus of McCook and Kayla and Colton Skufca from South Dakota.
Items needed for the fundraiser auction
Community members are hosting a Sloppy Joe and Ice Cream feed on Saturday Aug. 4 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. CT.
The Republican Valley Chapter of Thrivent Financial has pledged to match up to $500 at the event.
During the event there will be a split the pot drawing where attendees can purchase tickets for a chance to take home half the donations in the pot.
Following the drawing there will be an auction at 7:00 p.m. CT. Organizers are looking for donations of items for the auction such as baked goods, canned items, garden produce, gift baskets and gift certificates.
Those interested in donating to the Davis family or contributing items for the auction can contact Char Hamilton at 308- 286-3388 or Donna Schluckebeir at 308-285-3204.