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People pulling together to help Centralia man

Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Friends, family, not letting Richard Dawson face liver transplant alone

People are pulling together to help Centralia’s Richard Dawson.

Dawson is facing liver failure, needs a liver transplant and faces what family

Richard Dawson, right, contemplates the future and his impending liver transplant while sitting beneath the mounted head of his largest deer.

Richard Dawson, right, contemplates the future and his impending liver transplant while sitting beneath the mounted head of his largest deer.

members describe as “astronomical funding… For the surgery, medication and lodging.”

He is currently awaiting the call from Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where the transplant will occur.

With that in mind, friends and family are planning a fundraiser to  help Richard and his family.

Saturday, April 21 at Nic-N-Noah’s on Centralia’s Switzler Street they will be  holding a benefit banquet and auction.

The dinner begins 4 p.m. with the raffle action running between 4 and 6:30 p.m. and the live auction starting at 6 p.m.

Diners will enjoy catering by  Centralia’s award-winning Hog Haven BBQ along with dinner music by Jarrod Turner.

Dessert will be donated by CoStar catering.

Dawson, a life-long hunter, has been fighting diabetes for the past several years.

His daughter-in-law Amanda Dawson said that during a June 2017 routine checkup his doctors detected elevated liver enzymes and referred him to a gastroenterologist in Columbia.

“It shook me,” Dawson told the Fireside Guard when asked his reaction to the diagnosis he had a type of cirrhosis of the liver that was untreatable. “I wasn’t expecting that at all. I figured they would have a drug or something . . . But it did not work that way at all.”

For the complete article, please see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.