Local residents are raising money for an Englewood man who owns a company that strives to tell the stories of Dayton's black community.
Dayton Weekly News co-owner Donerik Black is at the Cleveland Clinic awaiting a heart transplant.
A fundraiser to support Black and his family will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in the Oregon District.
The “Donerik’s Journey to a New Heart” fundraiser will include an appetizer buffet, raffles, door prizes and other activities.
Tickets are $25 at the door or $20 in advance.
Send advance ticket requests to Chelsea Sweeney at P.O. Box 523, Springboro, OH 45066. Mailed requests should include the number of tickets requested and your contact information. Checks can be made to: Angie or Donerik Black.
Sweeney can be contacted at Cmblair7@aol.com or (937) 776-8085.
Donations are also being accepted at Key Bank in Angie Black's name.
Sweeney met the Blacks through the American Heart Association last year and quickly befriended the couple.
Black was the adult Heart Hero for the 2014 Greater Dayton 5k Heart Walk/Run. Sweeney's daughter Anna was the child hero.
Sweeney said she knows the struggle the Blacks face.
"I know financially it is hard. I know emotionally it is hard," she said. Her daughter's condition is now considered stable.
Donerik began experiencing heart issues in 2009. It worsened over time and is complicated by the fact that he only has one kidney. Donerik donated a kidney to his father Don Black in 2006.
"He had to go on dialysis for kidney failure, and when he was in surgery he coded on the table and had to be revived. Donerik was unconscious for 45 minutes while the medical team worked to bring him back, eventually shocking his heart 70 times. As a result of his cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, Donerik would need a heart transplant," a fundraising letter seeking support says.
Donerik is expected to remain in Cleveland Clinic until a donor heart is found.
Donerik Black and Don Black founded their newspaper 21 years ago. It is geared toward an African-American audience.
"We try to highlight and focus on news that generally people wouldn’t find anywhere else," Don Black recently told me.