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Fundraiser dinner to help BG's Fairchild family with medical costs PDF Print E-mail
Written by RACHEL GAST Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:13
Hugh Fairchild, an active member of the Bowling Green community since 1984, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1988 and has recently undergone a stem cell transplant at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
This week will be a busy one-he will return to the hospital for a 60-day check-up and a spaghetti fundraising dinner will be held in his honor Saturday.
"We've heard from quite a few people they plan on coming" to the dinner, said Sharon Fairchild, Hugh's wife. She will have a guest book for people to sign, since Hugh is unable to go amongst crowds at this time.
Members of the Bowling Green community and Sharon's colleagues at the BGSU Falcon Health Center have been instrumental to the fundraiser, donating items to the silent auction and 50/50 raffle.
"Betty DeSilvio, one of the nurses, came to us and said they wanted to do the fundraiser," Sharon Fairchild explained. "I just can't thank them enough. This is a great community … everybody here's just wonderful."
She is "humbled" by all the people that will attend the fundraiser. "It gives you goose bumps … we can't believe all the former students and teachers Hugh's worked with, friends of ours, my colleagues at the health center" have given such overwhelming support.
In 1984, the Fairchild family moved to Bowling Green and he began teaching at Kenwood Elementary School. "We've heard from former students from '84, '85, '86 that are planning on coming," his wife shared.
He taught in Kenwood for six years and Bowling Green Junior High for 19, acting as the seventh- and ninth-grade basketball coach for 24 of those years. He also coached his daughter's softball team, a basketball team, soccer team and was the co-director of the Upward basketball program in Bowling Green.
Before becoming a teacher, he spent four years in the Air Force. "He went into the Air Force six days after he graduated from high school. I went to college," Sharon Fairchild said. "And when he got back we got married, in 1976."
"At first it was a shock to think Hugh had cancer," she recalled. "He went to the doctor because he was just so tired-not a regular tired, but fatigued. He was an active person, going on runs and biking all the time.
"Our doctor at the time was Dr. Kim and he was the one who did the lab work that not too many doctors know to do and that's how we found out.
"There were some things we heard from other people who had had a stem cell transplant before that made us worried. But the nurses of U of M were wonderful, they told us everything that would happen beforehand.
"We have strong faith in God and that's what's gotten us through everything."
While at the hospital this week, the Fairchilds will determine if Hugh needs a second stem cell transplant via a bone marrow biopsy. "They're finding if you have two stem cell transplants within two months of each other your chance of a longer remission is better. It is very possible Hugh will need another one around February."
The Fairchilds hope Saturday's spaghetti dinner will defray their medical costs. "I have a cousin," Sharon Fairchild said, "who has donated his condo in Gatlinburg, TN for a five-day stay and they're selling tickets for that at $20 each. They'll draw that night for the winner and people are excited about wanting to win that."
The spaghetti dinner starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. in St. Thomas More's Seton Hall on Thurstin Avenue. Adult tickets are $10, children are $5.
Contact the nurses at the Falcon Health Center, 419-354-3220, for more information.
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 October 2013 14:42
 

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