Cooks For Christ plans benefit for Frankie Rivers
Cooks For Christ will host a chicken bog benefit for Frankie Rivers on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the West Florence Fire Station on Pine Needles Road in Florence.
Frankie, 59, resides in Florence with Robin, his wife of 31 years. They have two children, Evans and Mary Allyson.
Frankie has always maintained a very active and healthy lifestyle and had never been ill until July 2016, when he suffered from a ruptured colon requiring emergency surgery. He was hospitalized for 22 days.
In December 2016, he endured extensive surgery to resection his colon and was hospitalized for 12 days. In February 2017, he suffered from a severe stroke and a CAT scan revealed a large benign brain tumor.
The stroke left him with left-side weakness requiring extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, speech, occupational and physical therapy. He was transferred by ambulance to MUSC, and after four days he was discharged to Health South Rehabilitation for 14 days before being released with continued outpatient rehabilitation at McLeod Health Rehabilitation.
In May, Frankie underwent craniotomy surgery at MUSC to remove the brain tumor. Two weeks later, he developed a rare and deadly form of bacterial meningitis and septic shock. He was flown to MUSC and admitted to the Neuroscience ICU and placed on the ventilator for 16 days. He required another craniotomy to remove the abscess.
Due to the severity of the infection, he will require six to nine weeks of intravenous antibiotics after the infection clears in his brain and bloodstream.
Frankie has only worked 51 days in the past year and recovery will be a very long process. Cooks for Christ is raising funds to help with loss of income, medical and travel expenses, maintaining medical insurance premiums, medications, supplies and possible handicapped modifications to his residence.
A chicken bog lunch will be served, and dinner will be served from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Drive through lanes will be open for convenience and a bake sale will be held all day.
The menu consists of chicken bog, green beans, slaw and bread. Plates are $7 each.
Lunch and dinner can be delivered for orders of seven plates or more. To schedule a delivery, complete a delivery form and fax or email according to instructions provided on the form.
To donate, please make checks payable to Frankie Rivers Medical Fund. They may be mailed to 3309 W. Hampton Pointe Drive, Florence, SC 29501.
For additional information, contact John Garrett at 843-229-8230 or Beverly McKee at 843- 229-0348.
The Cooks For Christ committee thanks everyone for their support.