Fundraiser helps offset medical costs for Saddoris

Don Saddoris talks with David Lee at a fundraising luncheon at the Texas Roadhouse Friday afternoon. Saddoris, who is being treated for cancer, had never met Lee but thanked him for coming to the event.

Tears welled in Don Saddoris’ eyes when he entered the Texas Roadhouse Friday afternoon and saw all the people who had come to help support him.

“I think it’s great,” Saddoris said while wiping his tears, “I didn’t know I had this many friends.”

Saddoris, a 58-year-old truck driver, was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma last month. It is a cancer commonly found in the lungs.

The cancer has already metastasized into other parts of his body, said his sister-in-law, Vicki Hedler. He just finished chemotherapy and was getting ready to receive his first radiation treatment, she added.

Hedler organized the fundraiser that served pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, a Caesar salad, and a drink for $10. The money raised will be used to purchase medications and pay medical bills. Saddoris does not have health insurance.

“He really funny and sincere,” she said, “and he’s the one whose always helping everyone else out.”

Despite feeling poorly, Saddoris made a point to meet and greet every diner in the restaurant.

“He’s just such a nice guy,” Hedler said.

She plans to organize other fundraising events including yard sales. Donations can also be made to the Don Saddoris Donation Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank location.



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