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Fundraiser for Victor Conner set for Saturday
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Courtesy Photo: Victor Conner is awaiting a heart transplant due to health complications. A benefit breakfast is planned for Saturday at Applebee’s in Rocky Mount.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


A fundraising breakfast for Victor Conner of Boones Mill is set for Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Applebee's in Rocky Mount

Conner was diagnosed with congestive heart failure after his heart was weakened by cancer treatments, according to his wife, Tillie.

Conner is now awaiting a heart transplant.

A two-time cancer survivor, Victor Conner is a recent LVAD (left-ventricular assisted device) recipient. He is currently at home.

"I've been at home for nine weeks now," Conner said. "I'm waiting for a call any minute, letting me know it's time for the transplant."

Conner has been told by doctors that he is at the top of the transplant list.

"Victor has had a huge impact on many families in Franklin County," said Tillie Conner. "He is always reaching out to be a better servant to the needs of others by going the extra mile."

Victor Conner is an owner and funeral director at Conner Bowman Funeral Home. After spending numerous years as a funeral director at Flora Funeral Services, he ventured out with his business partner, Kevin Bowman, and opened two new facilities, Lynch Conner Bowman and Conner Bowman Funeral Services.

"Victor is such a wonderful Christian man, dad, husband, son and brother," said Tracy Ayers, coordinator of the benefit breakfast. "He has always given back to his community, and we really need a huge turnout (for the breakfast) to raise money for this wonderful man and his family."

Conner, his wife, and daughter, Emilee, are long-time Franklin County residents and attend Boones Mill United Methodist Church. Conner is an active participant and supporter of the Boones Mill Apple Festival and a member of the Boones Mill Lions Club.

Saturday's breakfast fundraiser will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage and beverage for $5.

Monetary donations will also be accepted.

"Our family thanks the community for all of their prayers and support for Victor during this trying time," Tillie Conner said.

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