Benefit Planned for Lemont Man

Organizers hope fundraiser will help family of liver recipient Paul Richard Naples provide husband, father the round-the-clock care he needs.

Paul Richard Naples underwent a liver transplant last fall – and now, the Lemont husband and father of two is counting on the love and support of his friends and family to help him through his day-to-day struggle.

To help provide the round-the-clock care that Paul needs – and to help ease the family’s financial strain – friends and family are planning a benefit they’re calling “Miracle on 63rd Street.”

The fundraiser, which will take place from 5:30-10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at VFW Post 6863, 7256 W. 63rd St. in Summit, will feature food, live music, a silent auction and more. Tickets for the event cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Organizers are also looking for volunteers for the event, as well as donations of raffle and silent auction items including services, gift certificates, gift cards and more, by Oct. 13.

Naples was hospitalized Sept. 7, 2011, and due to the severity of his liver failure, he was moved up on the waiting list and received a liver transplant Sept. 26. Since the transplant surgery, he has been hospitalized in specialty rehab hospitals numerous times due to setbacks.  

He was discharged to go home May 14, and requires round-the-clock care including intravenous feedings, anti-rejection medications and other medical treatments. Friends say Naples’ debilitating condition has taken an emotional toll on the family – and his round-the-clock care is taking a financial toll, as well.

“Our goal is to make the financial burdens of his condition never stand in the way of his receiving the best care possible. We are asking for help – and help at all,” organizers said in a flyer for the fundraiser.

For information on how to make a donation for the fundraiser, to volunteer or to purchase advance tickets, send an email to Thenaplesbenefit@gmail.com or call  Lynn 708-334-1855, Kathy 708-204-8453 or Janel 312-307-2207.

Donations to The Naples Benefit may also be made at Chase Banks.

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