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Carts hit the streets to help a neighbor

POSTED: December 23, 2013 7:11 p.m.
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Todd, Dalila and Miya Doskot ride their decorated golf cart through Lost Plantation.

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Sean Davis always has enjoyed celebrating Christmas with his wife Katie and their four children.


This Christmas has added meaning, though, following his liver transplant in September.


“It puts a whole new perspective on life,” Katie said.


“I don’t really sweat the stuff that used to bother me too much anymore,” Sean said. “You learn to get over the little stuff really quick when you have something like this happening.”


The Davis family was the beneficiary of Lost Plantation’s third annual Light the Night golf cart parade Friday evening. For the second time in the fundraising procession’s three years, the participants helped one of their neighbors in Lost Plantation.


“It was kind of a shock when this all happened and he got sick, but everybody came together,” said event organizer Melissa Capwell. “We just felt that, because he is a close friend and lives in the neighborhood, he would be a good recipient.”


Sean knew something was wrong in September when he felt tired all the time and became forgetful. He grew more concerned when he developed jaundice.


“That’s when you knew it was getting really bad,” he said. “I could tell, that last day, I didn’t have very many days left.”


Sean and Katie went to Memorial Health University Medical Center, and his liver failure was diagnosed. He was sent to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta for a transplant.


Sean was placed “at the top of the list” to receive a liver, he said. He was scheduled to undergo surgery Sept. 29 at 3 a.m.


“But they called us about 1 and said, ‘We actually have a better-size match, so we’re going to wait until 2 in the afternoon,’” Katie recalled.


“And it matched perfect,” Sean said.


Following Sean’s successful operation, he and Katie spent a week in the hospital and three more weeks in an extended-stay hotel near the hospital in case he had any complications. That meant being away from their children for nearly a month.


“Every day you just pray and are thankful that you’re together and with your kids,” Katie said. “(Being away from the kids) was one of the hardest things.”


Katie’s mother came up from Florida to be with their four children — sons Blake, 17, and Lucas, 6, and daughters Madison, 12, and Chesney, 10 — and their Lost Plantation neighbors helped look after them as well. Also, friends and neighbors raised money for the family through a poker run and a corn hole tournament, and Katie’s co-workers donated three weeks of their paid time off to her so she could stay with Sean the entire time in Atlanta.


“It’s just been great knowing that you have this much support,” Sean said.


The golf cart parade raised money through $25 entry fees, as well as a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and sales of baked goods and barbecue dinners prior to the parade.


Every dollar helps for the Davis family, who say their medical bills exceed $1 million — with another $25,000 being tacked on each month.


“I’ve got a certain IV medicine that I have to go up there and take once a month that’s $25,000 every time they put a needle in me,” Sean said.


Those monthly trips to Atlanta also require expenses such as hotel stays and gas for the car.


“It adds up,” Sean said.


“But it beats the alternative.”

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