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Benefit Set For Roberts

By Staff | Jul 6, 2016


The local community will come together Sunday, July 10 for a spaghetti dinner benefit for Middlebourne resident Dave Roberts. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Tyler County Fairgrounds’ log cabin. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The meal will include spaghetti, salad, roll, dessert, and drink. The event will also include raffles, a Chinese auction, and a 50/50 drawing.

Proceeds from this worthy benefit will go toward Roberts and his wife, Cookie, for travel expenses and medical bills.

Additionally, Roberts’ family will be raising money for Donate Life America, an organ donation registry that has personally affected Roberts.

Roberts’ daughter, Sarah Smith, has explained that it is her father’s personal goal to raise awareness regarding organ donation.

It’s been a long, nervewracking several months for the 1971 Tyler County High School graduate and PPG retiree. From battling liver failure, to waiting to be placed on the transplant list, to becoming active – and waiting more – n the transplant list, Roberts’ journey reached the ultimate turning point during the early hours of May 26. At this time, Roberts was flown to Cleveland Clinic for what the family hoped would not be a dry run – a liver was available.

Fortunately the family’s prayers were answered, and after an hours-long, tiresome wait on the family’s behalf, they were notified that Roberts’ surgery was completed and he had a new liver.

The journey since May 26 hasn’t been the easiest by any means. Roberts faced a slight rejection and he’s had to undergo some grueling physical therapy. His road to recovery isn’t over by any means.

While rebuilding his strength, Roberts is basking in time spent with loved ones – family and friends – especially his wife, Cookie; children, Nick and Sarah; and beloved granddaughter Sadie. At the same time, he’s making it his mission to make sure others get these same opportunities.

The statistics can be a bit sobering: Every 10 minutes, a person is added to the waiting list for an organ. There are approximately 120,000 men, women and children awaiting a transplant. Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ, and approximately 8,000 deaths occur every year in the United States because organs are not donated in time. Even though 95 percent of individuals are in favor of being a donor, only 52 percent are registered to do such.

Most of us have had the opportunity, while at the Division of Motor Vehicles, to sign up to be an organ donor. Whether it is when filling out the paperwork to receive our driver’s license, or when renewing our driver’s license, we have the opportunity to checkmark on our paperwork to sign up to be an organ donor.

An individual doesn’t have to await a trip to the DMV to sign up to save a life however. Registration is also available via Donate Life America, www.donatelife.net

By inputting some simple and basic information – name, date of birth, address, state, last four digits of social security number, and e-mail address – a person can be registered to be an organ donor within mere minutes.

A person who is willing to donate his or her organs, cornea, and tissue, could save up to eight lives.

Donate Life America describes it best when stating that 30,000 transplants, in 2015, “brought new life to patients and their families.”

The gracious gift of a new liver as brought new life to Roberts and his family, for which they are infinitely thankful.