Folks from all over showed their support in Upshur County Sunday for a young boy who was just diagnosed with a blood disease.
9-year-old, Tate Dever, was recently diagnosed with Acquired A-Plastic Anemia after Tate got his blood tested for a bruise that wasn't healing. Doctors called the Dever Family as soon as they realized what was going on, which happened to be while Tate was in the middle of a baseball game. Family members said Tate is a strong boy because all he wanted to do was keep playing.
"Tate has a wonderful, wonderful family. I was just elated that they actually called me to be the one to actually help them. It just feels so good being able to give something to them," said L.J. Mccu, Auctioneer.
"The whole community has been wonderful with this whole situation, very supportive and we cant thank everybody enough. We think he's a hero," said Linda Burns, Tate's Grandmother.
Organizers wanted to help the family in any way possible. They said emotional support is important but they also know how expensive so many hospital visits can be. Tate was in the hospital for almost the entire month of September and has already been for the majority of October. He was released Saturday night but then re-admitted Sunday morning.
"I actually do not know the child. I don't even know the mom and dad but I know the grandfather and have known the grandfather for years. When my son had surgery three years ago Larry Burns was a godsend because he asked everyday how my son was to me and my husband. So when we heard, it was just something I wanted to do. I love to help children," said Renee Smith, Coordinator.
If you didn't make it to the dinner or auction Sunday, donations are always welcome. Contact Renee Smith at 304-269-7444 for more details.