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File Photo by Stacey Hairston: Storm Davis died in December after battling kidney disease all her young life. A fundraiser will be held Saturday at FCHS to help her family with medical bills.

Friday, March 15, 2013

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Greater Hope is sponsoring a charity basketball event to benefit the family of Storm Davis, a seventh-grader from Rocky Mount who lost her life-long battle with kidney disease last December.

Davis was diagnosed with renal dysplasia (a birth defect of the kidneys) in 2003 and had been living without kidneys since 2008.

The Davis family, still grieving the loss of their daughter, continues to face financial hardships from Storm's medical bills.

Benefit basketball games will be held Saturday, March 16 in Franklin County High School's Central Gym, beginning at 3 p.m., with players from Franklin County, Roanoke, Martinsville, Danville and Charlottesville. The players will include high school, collegiate and professional levels.

Hometown players include Quentin Cook, Demario Mattox, Chris Tyree, J.T. Edwards, Mark Kent, Lewis Muse, D.J. Willis, Jarale Jourinette, Ethan Adams and Bradley Parcells.

Scheduled games include Franklin County Alumni vs. Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Franklin County vs. Roanoke, Roanoke vs. Danville and Franklin County vs. Charlottesville.

The Benjamin Franklin Middle School band will perform, as well as the Sontag Elementary School choir.

The Franklin County and Ferrum girls' basketball teams will be honored for their accomplishments this year .

The main event will also include a performance by a local artist.

Concessions will be sold at the game. Activities will include a 50/50 raffle and a raffle for a flat screen television.

"We encourage everyone to come out and support us as we try to help a strong family in our community," said Quentin Hopkins with Greater Hope.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

"We would like to thank Brenda Muse, Tom Shepardson, Sheri Wood, Denny Robey and all those who are helping to make this event successful," said Hopkins.

Greater Hope is a newly founded non-profit organization that benefits the youth in Franklin County.

For more information about the basketball charity event, call Greater Hope at (808) 382-9140.

"We would like to thank the community for everything they have done for our family these past few years," said Storm's father, Matt Davis. "Storm touched so many people during her short life, and I know she was grateful, too. Our family asks for your continued support and, most importantly, for your prayers."

 
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