Two local families received great support during a fundraiser on Saturday, May 7. At the heart of the day’s action were 40 year old Joey Beard and April Doubleday.

Rockton resident Joey Beard has a rare gene mutation called Stat3 GOF, which has caused him many health problems throughout his life. It has caused kidney failure and liver disease. Beard has been on dialysis since 2019. His wife Hayley does his dialysis at home four nights a week.

He was accepted as a transplant candidate at Upcoming Pittsburgh. He is in need of a liver, kidney and bone marrow transplant. His wife has been approved to be his liver donor.

Once they find a kidney/bone marrow donor then the transplants can be scheduled. The Beards have two young daughters Elsie and Molly who consider him the best daddy ever. Joey is fighting this fight because he wants to be able to see his kids grow up.

Hononegah High School student; Roscoe resident April Doubleday is facing each day as she lives with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) which is a genetic connective tissue disorder. With her EDS April’s body has faulty collagen; collagen is a substance that is similar to glue that essentially holds the body together.

There are 13 types of EDS. April has Hyper-mobile Danlos Syndrome.(HEDS), this is the most common type. Other types can be rarer or even fatal.

Symptoms include joint hyper-mobility, loose, unstable joints that subluxate and dislocate easily, joint pain or clicking joints, extreme tiredness/fatigue, skin that bruises easily, digestive problems, dizziness and increased heart rate after standing up, problems with internal organs; such as mitral valve or organ prolapse, or problems with bladder control.

Both Joey and April are members of Roscoe United Methodist Church. RUMC Pastor Paul Myers wanted to find a way to help both families and he came up with the idea to have a fundraiser. After hearing of Pastor Paul’s idea the Beard and Doubleday’s church family quickly stepped up and a committee was instantly formed. Each person used all of their God given talents to make the event come together.

The day of the event bright sunshine filled the sky. The weather was perfect as nice crowds came out in support of both families. The grounds of Roscoe United Methodist Church were loaded with opportunities for everyone to have fun for a great cause.

Families and other supporters took horse drawn wagon rides.

Little ones had fun in bounce houses, or had their faces painted by Sara Ludwig, Preschool Director of Village Nursery. Extra fun came in the form of a duck pond and trying out vocal skills at karaoke.

A tent was full of more than 100 baskets ready to be bid on in a silent auction. Baskets were given by generous businesses or individuals. Gift cards were also offered.

O.D Holley, owner of Advanced Auction and Appraisal of Durand served as auctioneer of the live auction. Spectacular items to be auctioned included a package complete with rare tickets to a Packers game, a two-night stay at Jefferson St. Inn, in Wausau, and a weekend beach house package. Tickets to WWE-Fab Four, a Vince Gill concert, Chicago Bears preseason tickets, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood basket with a ticket 4 pack were also up for bids.

Harlem- Roscoe Fire Protection were on hand along with fire trucks and equipment displays.

More fun came in the form of a photo booth. Hawaiian bun ham sandwiches, with sides of chips, applesauce and cookies were available to purchase for lunch.

Anyone who missed the event or would like to show loving support can go to roscoe, click on the donations tab to find information on the May 7 event which will show details on how to pay with a credit card. Checks can also be made payable to RUMC with May 7 in the memo line.

This event turned out to be very successful as the church and community came together to pull off a beautiful day. Thanks to the generosity of all who donated or gave in any way over $50,000 was raised. All proceeds will be used to help both families pay medical bills and expenses.

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