UNION COUNTY — The newly-formed Union County High School Junior Civitan Club will team with the Union Civitan Club to raise funds for a young girl who Friday morning underwent surgery to remove a tumor from her brain.
In a statement release Thursday, Union County High School and the Union Civitan Club announced the formation of the Union County High School Junior Civitan Club. The press release stated that the Junior Civitan Club, which has nearly 50 charter members, plans to mirror the Civitan Club have service projects for its members to do. For its first project, the press release states the Junior Civitans will collaborate with the Civitan “on a joint fundraising effort to financially assist Ruthie Dean and her family as they face the challenges ahead of them.”
Ruthie, who the press release states if often called “Ru,” is the daughter of Jeff and Courtney Dean and an 8th grade student at Sims Middle School. For four days last week, Ruthie had a headache and when she went to school last Friday she vomited. Ru suffers from blood disorders and her parents were advised to take her to the emergency room so she could receive fluids. The physician at the emergency room had Ruthie undergo a CT scan which revealed there was a tumor the size of a golf ball in the upper left quadrant of her brain. The tumor and the pressure it is putting on Ruthie’s brain is what has been causing the headache and her vomiting.
After the tumor was detected, Ruthie was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital and placed in the Pediatric Intermediate Medical Unit. Once there Ruthie began receiving medication every six hours to alleviate the inflammation in her brain. The following day she and her family met with a neurosurgeon and she subsequently underwent a two-hour MRI in order to give the physicians treating her a better idea of what was going on inside her brain.
This past Friday at 9 a.m., Ruthie underwent surgery to remove the tumor from her brain. Around 1 p.m. it was reported that she was out of surgery and in recovery.
The news of Ruthie’s condition prompted an outpouring of support from the community, both in the form of online messages of encouragement to her and her family and, most importantly of all, prayers. It has also resulted in efforts to raise funds to help her family with Ruthie’s medical bills.
To do their part to help Ruthie and her family, the Junior Civitans and the Civitans will hold a “Drive-Thru Stew for Ru” on Saturday, Oct. 14. The event, which will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park parking lot, will feature stew cooked by Tommy Sinclair which can be picked up that day from 12-4 p.m. Please see any Civitan or Junior Civitan member for tickets. Tickets are also available at Union County Court House from Debbie Foster, the Union County YMCA from William Earl Sprouse, and The Union Times from Donna McMurray.
The Drive-Thru Stew for Ru will be modeled on a previous drive-thru for stew held by the Miracle League of Union County which is also involved in efforts to help Ruthie and her family.
The League has been helping promote a “BBQ Social” for Ruthie which will be held today (Saturday) from 5-7 p.m. at Putman Baptist Church at 692 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Buffalo. Hosted by the Putman Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class, the event will sell barbecue to the general public for $6 per person with all funds raised going to help with Ruthie’s medical bills.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.