UNION — The McDonald’s of Union County is inviting the public to “dine with us” and help with the medical expenses of a local teen who recently underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.
In a statement released Monday, the restaurant announced that it has added a benefit for Ruthie “Ru” Dean to its “McCalendar.” The press release states the benefit will be held Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It states that the restaurant will donate a percentage of all sales for that time period to Dean’s family to help pay her medical bills.
Ruthie Dean is the daughter of Jeff and Courtney Dean and an 8th grade student at Sims Middle School. Earlier this month, she began suffering from a headache that persisted for four days and when went to school on Friday, Sept. 15, she vomited. Ruthie 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 was 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.
Once they learned further what was happening to her, the physicians treating Ruthie decided that surgery was necessary to remove the tumor. Ruthie underwent surgery to remove the tumor from her brain on Friday, Sept. 22. The surgery began at 9 a.m. that day and was concluded around 1 p.m. It was successful and earlier this week Ruthie returned to school.
Even though the surgery was successful and Ruthie is back home and back at school, her family still has to contend with the costs of her treatment. The benefit McDonald’s will hold for Ruthie and her family is the latest fundraising effort announced and/or already held to raise funds to help them the medical bills.
One of those events was a “BBQ Social” held last Saturday (Sept. 23) at Putman Baptist Church. Hosted by the Putman Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class, the event featured barbecue for sale with all proceed dedicated to helping the Dean family pay for Ruthie’s medical treatment. The event was promoted by the Union County Miracle League for whom Ruthie and her family have helped announce and photograph games for. On Friday, MLUC Executive Director Amy Austin said Friday the event raised between $300 and $400.
Also raising funds for Ruthie and her family will be the Union County High School Junior Civitan Club and the Union Civitan Club who are planning to hold a “Drive-Thru Stew for Ru” on Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Veterans Memorial Park parking lot. The event will feature stew cooked by Tommy Sinclair which can be picked up that day at the parking lot 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.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.