Dinner raises more than $21,000 for Jaffreys
Western Garfield County Staff
SILT ” After 11 years of volunteer service on the Burning Mountain Fire District, the community gave back to Marc Jaffrey and his wife, Mary, at a benefit dinner held for their cancer-stricken son.
“Marc and Mary have done this kind of thing for so many other people, this was about people thanking them,” said Fire Chief Brit McLin.
More than $21,000 was raised at the spaghetti dinner, silent auction and street dance held Saturday night in Silt.
Nathan Jaffrey, 4, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in early May and has been hospitalized at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He underwent surgery on Sept. 13, to remove an egg-sized tumor above his heart. He will continue with chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
The Jaffreys, of Silt, have been unable to work in order to stay near Nathan in Denver. The family has health insurance, but the medical bills have exceeded $500,000 ” some of which is not covered by insurance because it is experimental.
Surprisingly, Nathan made an appearance at the benefit, which was put on by the Burning Mountain Fire Protection District.
“He danced and he judged a dance contest,” McLin said. “He talked to the crowd on the microphone and he helped with the tickets. I about fell out of my chair ” it was awesome.”
About 350 people attended the event, but even those who couldn’t, stopped by with a donation.
“Some people would drive by and didn’t have time to stop, but would hand us a $50 or $100 bill,” McLin said. “There was really wonderful community support.”
A benefit bank account has also been set up in Nathan Jaffrey’s name. Donations may be made at US Bank, 802 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or by calling 945-5422.
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