A benefit was held on Saturday in honor of a 20 year deputy with the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office who is battling a life threatening illness.
Almost two years ago, Doug Smith was diagnosed with the incurable disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis. The disease scars and hardens the lungs to the point that victims can no longer breathe. Doug’s family and friends gathered to raise money for his medical bills and anti-rejection medication he must take after enduring a double lung transplant.
"The community has been big," said Doug’s Wife, Susan Smith. A lot of companies, businesses have donated and individuals, tons of individuals, we have got donations from Newark, Heath, Zanesville, Duncan Falls just around our small community."
During the event a band played, people ate lunch and there was face painting for children. A silent auction, raffle and rummage sale also took place for visitors to participate in. Smith says that her husband is moved by the community’s outreach.
"He loves that," said Smith. Doug’s not a real personable person but deep down in his heart he appreciates everything so much. He gets really nervous around big crowds he always has, But I don’t want anybody to think he doesn’t appreciate it because he does. "
Donate Life was also at the benefit educating the public about organ donations. If you would like to help Doug you can go to any Huntington Bank in town and donate to the Doug Smith Fund.