A Jamestown family recently received news that no one ever wants to hear - their child has cancer.
Ronald Davis, a 13-year-old Jamestown teenager, received a diagnosis of stage 4 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Mature B-Cell Leukemia in August, and has been battling the cancer since. He is currently receiving treatment at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, and hopes to be well enough to attend the benefit being held in his honor Saturday.
The benefit is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Randolph Fire Hall, 70 Main St. in Randolph. It will feature a spaghetti dinner, a Chinese auction, live music by Bros Agenda and a DJ, drawings and giveaways, activities for children and more.
According to Fran Piazza, who is the cousin of Davis' grandmother, Cheryl Weiler, Davis' mother, Tiffany, has been unable to work since he was admitted for treatment because a family member must be present. So, his family has encountered numerous expenses, resulting in a burden which they cannot carry on their own, Piazza said.
"He turned 13 in July, and a month later he was diagnosed," Piazza said. "We were hoping he'd make it back in time, but we don't know now because he is receiving an intensive treatment of chemo, and if his fever spikes he has to be able to get a blood transfusion."
Davis, formerly a Falconer Central School student, has been on the honor roll for eight years. Before his diagnosis, he participated in afterschool activities and sports, which he can no longer do while he receives treatment.
"He's very upset because he can't play sports, because he can't be in school or with his friends," Piazza said. "He wants to be a volunteer fireman someday because his grandpa, Dave Weiler, and three of his uncles are too - he is such an awesome kid."
Davis has three younger siblings, including 7-year-old brother and sister twins and a 3-year-old sister.
"It's hurting him to be away from his siblings," Piazza said.
Davis' mother is currently engaged to Dan Sevenish, who has continued to work to try to support Tiffany and the children. Sevenish's mother, Chris Humphrey, has been heavily involved in helping plan the benefit.
"It's been devastating for this family," Piazza said. "But, the community has been excellent in helping us with donations."
Those who cannot attend the benefit may make a donation to the Ronald Davis Benefit Fund at the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union. For more information search for "Ronald's Resistance" on Facebook.