Benefit for Ill Sheriff Deputy

by Katie McGraw on October 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

A 20 year deputy of the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office needs your help after battling a debilitating disease and expensive medical bills and medication.

Doug Smith was diagnosed with a disease in February that causes scarring of deep lung tissue and eventually the tissue becomes so thick, the lungs cannot provide oxygen to other organs.

"He had some asthma-like symptoms,” explained Doug’s Sister-in-law, Anita Riley. “He did some checking with the doctor and they did do a biopsy, and find that he had the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. It is unknown cause, no cure, progressive and generally fatal."

In late June he had a double lung transplant, was in the Intensive Care Unit for a week and then due to some complications, he was a patient at the Cleveland Clinic for more than 2 months. The bills from his medical procedures, time spent at the hospital and his anti-rejection medicine are massive, so his family and friends are hosting a benefit to raise money.

"There’s a silent auction, a Chinese auction, a rummage sale, there’s live entertainment all day, there’s food, five dollars a plate,” said Doug’s Stepdaughter, Cheyenne Downey. “You can go up, five dollars, fill up your plate each time."

The benefit will be this Saturday, the 26th at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds from 11 to 7 p.m. so you can stop in at anytime and do not have to be present for the drawings.