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“Donations for Dennis Benefit” for Mary Johnson’s Son, Dennis Mayo, on Saturday, October 12.

Most of you know our former employee and good friend, Mary Johnson. Mary recently moved back to Mechanicsburg to be near her family. Unfortunately, in the past several months Mary has suffered a lot of heart break and we would ask you to keep her in your prayers.

On July 6, Mary’s son, Dennis Mayo, was injured in a mowing accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Dennis also¬†had two broken vertebrae and four broken ribs. Two steel rods were placed in his back.¬†Dennis’ doctors report that he is doing really well in therapy. Mary and the family are hoping and praying that the paralysis is temporary and that with continued therapy, Dennis will walk again.

Because of this accident, family and friends will be hosting a benefit in Dennis’ honor to help raise money for many of his healthcare bills.

For those of you who do not personally know Dennis, he is a 58-year-old, good-natured, happy-go-lucky man. He is a loving husband to his wife, Terri; a terrific dad to his daughter, Stacy (and dogs Cosmo and Baby); a devoted son to his mother, Mary; a dear brother to his sister, Susan; a special brother-in-law to Shelly, Lana, and Keith; and a fun-loving uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend to countless others.

Dennis is and always will be a “home-town” guy from Mechanicsburg who is known to many as “The Fix-It Guy.” Dennis can sometimes be spotted sitting on the “liar’s bench” at Winner’s One Stop visiting with friends with his trusted dogs at his feet. Dennis has been employed at Urbana University for the past sixteen years where he served as the maintenance supervisor. He has also been employed by Sodexo for the last eleven years. Unfortunately, he will probably not be able to return to work any time soon.

Because he won’t be able to go back to work in the near future, his friends and family have decided to help raise money to assist with the hospital, Med-Flight transportation, pharmacy, and therapy bills with a benefit on Saturday, October 12 from 3 pm to midnight. An outside elevator and wheelchair ramp was installed at Dennis’ home to assist him, which also created more expenses.

Dennis is a proud man, but he has agreed to let his family and friends assist him in this traumatic situation. He is very strong-willed and by his own admission claims, “I will walk again.” Hopefully, Dennis will be able to walk and return to work someday. Anyone who knows Dennis will attest to the fact that if he puts his mind to something, he will do it!

The “Donations for Dennis Benefit” will take place at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2118 Eagle Road, Woodstock, Ohio 43084. The committee is planning several fundraisers for this event. They are soliciting for donations to contribute to raffles and a silent auction (gift baskets, gift certificates, electronics, or cash donations). There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Monetary donations can be made at any Security National Bank.

Checks can be made out to “Donations for Dennis Benefit.”

Additionally, there will be a hog roast from 4 until 7 pm. D. J. Ted Walter with El Dorado Karaoke will be playing.

The “Kick Off” for music will begin at 6 pm with Bill Purk. Live music will also take place from 8 pm until midnight with Jarious Railroad and 9-Volt.

For more information, check out the “Donations for Dennis” event page on Facebook HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the Committee Members:

1. Susan Mayo Rutan (Dennis’ Sister), 937-508-8328, susan@ctcn.net

2. Stacia Mayo Deane (Dennis’ Daughter), 937-869-0647, stacia.deane@yahoo.com

3. Kim Gibson (Urbana University Colleague), 937-484-1203, kgibson@urbana.edu

The family and friends of Dennis Mayo thank you very much for your support, prayers, loving thoughts, and for helping them to make this benefit a huge success.

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