By Joseph Pratt
Local parent Shane Davis is taking a stand for cystic fibrosis awareness, and organizing a fundraising event at Clay High School that he is calling the “CF Variety Benefit.”
He has organized various fundraisers over the years, but is working with Cystic Fibrosis Walk and Clay Local Local Schools for the first time during this project. The reason for his work with the event is to raise money for cystic fibrosis, which is a disease Chasten Davis, his 11-year-old daughter, is diagnosed with.
The “variety” event will feature various performing acts, from singer/songwriter Chasten Davis, to Amber’s Angels dance and clogging performers and Cirque d’Art. Any money raised will go directly to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Walk.
“I used to do a similar event in North Carolina, but it was for burn victims, because I am a burn survivor.” Davis said. “I moved up here and my daughter has CF (cystic fibrosis) and so she is the reason why I am doing this same kind of thing.”
Davis said that he wanted to help the Cystic Fibrosis Walk because he understands how hard it can be for families that have been touched by cystic fibrosis.
“I wanted to do something, but with medical bills, we can’t really do much ourselves, so I decided to do this,” Davis said. “We’ve been working on this for about three months and we have everything ready to go, we are just waiting for the performance day now.”
The CF Variety Benefit will start at 6 p.m. on May 16 in the cafeteria of Clay High School. General admission is only $5. More information can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChastenDavisSinger.
“Visitors will get an education on CF and see what it means. There are people in this area with CF. It is also a good way for some entertainment and we should be able to reach anybody of any age,” Davis said. “We will also have some concessions. I think it will be just a good Friday night.”
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