LaPlace man could use the help of the community this weekend

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 22, 2008

By Harold Keller

I think we can agree that, at times, we are selfish.  Some more than others, but all seek to satisfy our self interest.  I’ve heard it repeated many times that it is impossible to be selfish and happy at the same time.  We may not realize it, but the times we feel the best about ourselves is when we reach out to someone in need.

This coming weekend, August 22, 23, and 24, God will give us an opportunity to help a young man and his family.  It’s billed as the “Do it for Don” fundraiser.  All activities will take place at the Longview Recreation Park in Paulina, Louisiana.    

Don Vicknair is a young man who is in need of a double lung transplant.  His lungs are currently functioning at 50 percent.  He is married to Stacy Simon and they have two sons, Cory Louque and Austin Vicknair.  Don has recently been diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Don and Stacy have recently found out that their medical insurance will not cover most of these expenses.  He was rejected as a candidate at Duke University due to lack of insurance coverage.  They are in the process of working with Ochsner Hospital for alternative hospitals.

If this fundraising event is to be successful, we need the co-operation of everyone in the community.  Local businesses and individuals are asked to support this worthy cause by making contributions to the “Don Vicknair Fundraiser.”  Money raised will go towards Don’s double lung transplant.

You may contribute to this event by mailing your contribution to the “Don Vicknair Fundraiser” % Mary Simon, P.O. Box 664, Gramercy, Louisiana 70052, or by visiting your local Regions Bank where an account has been set up in the name of the Don Vicknair Fundraiser bearing account number 80597300.

Let’s get together for a good cause and enjoy delicious food, games, and fellowship.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084, call (985) 652-8477, or e-mail: