Auction benefits stroke survivor

A quarter auction to help John D. Foley of Steubenville and his family with medical expenses will be held Sunday at Steubenville High School in the Commons.

The auction begins at 1 p.m. but the doors open at noon.

Tickets are $5 and available at the door or in advance from Denise Travers from Wellsville schools or from a variety of individual vendors who will be participating, including Jamberry, Thirty One, Tastefully Simple, Candy Bouquet, Mary Wreaths, Lisa Wreaths, Duct Tape Purses, Country Blessings, Pink Zebra, Scentsy, For Tails Only, Simply Said, Dove Chocolate, Jams and Jellies, Beuti Control, Papparazzi, Tupperware, Celebrating Homes, It Works and others.

On Dec. 10, 2013, Foley, 52, suffered a major stroke. Four days later, he had a second debilitating stroke that required a life-saving craniotomy surgery to relieve the swelling of his brain, according to a promotional flyer.

After graduating from college, Foley worked in area businesses. For the past 16 years he worked in education as a teacher and administrator and completed his master’s and doctorate degree.

The flyer notes Foley and his family lost their medical insurance because of a reduction in force at the school district where he was employed as a school principal. At the time of the strokes, he was working part time for a school district as special education director but did not have health insurance.

The family recently received the first of many bills for his hospital stay at UPMC for $328,000 and other bills for services have yet to come, according to the flyer.

The John D. Foley Foundation made up of educators, family members, friends and concerned community members is planning the fundraiser and auction.

Cash or check donations can be made at any Wesbanco branch with checks made payable to the John D. Foley Foundation.

For information, contact Edie Boyde at (740) 632-3649 or Tracie Swinsinski at (740) 275-7728.