By: Timothy Kays
THE VILLAGE REPORTER
Sometimes, surprises are not just good…they’re potentially life-saving.
When Ray McMullen of West Unity recently went in to his doctor for an examination, he was surprised to find a serious heart blockage that required him to immediately get two stents put in to prevent a heart attack. That surprise was a good one…the blockage was found in time.
While recuperating at the hospital though, he was in for another surprise when an abdominal mass was discovered. Additional testing brought back the news that nobody wants to hear…Ray had colon cancer.
He is now receiving daily radiation treatments, round the clock chemotherapy, and has been in and out of the hospital several times since the tumor was discovered. There are more tests to endure down the road, as well as major surgery in order to address the tumor itself. Not being allowed to return to work has put a serious crimp on the family income, but that does not stem the tide of the incoming bills.
With that in mind the friends and family of Ray have rallied around him, and they are hosting a fundraiser and car show for him at the Hilltop School on October 4. One of the friends spearheading the drive is Steve Heisey of West Unity. Speaking of his dear friend of 35 years, Steve said, “He’s a super mechanic, and loves to hunt and fish. He’s a super guy at helping people in the community. If somebody has car problems, call Ray…he’ll figure it out. A lot of times, he’ll go to somebody’s place to fix their car, and not even charge them if he doesn’t have to buy parts. When he got cancer, I told my wife that we had to do something. He’s always been good to help everybody else. Now he’s in trouble, so it’s time for the community to help him.”
The events of October 4 include the car show which begins at 10 am, with awards being presented at 2 pm. A freewill offering lunch begins at 11:30, and runs until the end of the event. There will be a 50/50 drawing, several items being raffled, including three guns: an 870 Remington Wingmaster, a Henry .22 caliber Golden Boy, and a 45 caliber muzzle loader. There will be kids games and face painting, and a freewill offering bake sale.
Donations are still being accepted for the event which is open to the public. For more information about the event or to donate, contact Steve at 419-553-0541, or Sarah at 419-438-4361. For details about the car show, contact Jestin at 419-769-0924.
Mark the day on your calendar, and join your neighbors in support of Ray McMullen!