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Fund Drive Expanded For Volunteer Firefighter Recovering From Liver Transplant

A Greenville restaurant has expanded its efforts to help a Pitt County volunteer firefighter who is in need.

Ray Brooks of Greenville has been fighting fires for the Red Oak Rural Community Fire Department for a dozen years, but he's been fighting a serious illness for his entire life.

Brooks contracted Hepatitis C when he was a baby but did not discover it until he was an adult while donating blood. He had his first liver transplant in 2006 and now doctors say he needed a second transplant.

The surgery went well, according to Brooks.

Tonight, friends and supporters are raising money for the Brooks Family Fund. Golden Corral in Greenville has now expanded to the entire restaurant that all tips after 5 p.m. will be donated to the Brooks Family Fund, which helps them pay for some of the costs associated with his care.


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Ray Brooks of Greenville has been fighting fires for the Red Oak Rural Community Fire Department for a dozen years, but he's been fighting a serious illness for his entire life.

Brooks contracted Hepatitis C when he was a baby but did not discover it until he was an adult while donating blood. He had his first liver transplant in 2006. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Medications Brooks has taken to fight the virus have not been successful, even with the liver transplant six years ago. Doctors determined he would need a second transplant.

Brooks said he had been called to the hospital at Duke several times for possible transplant surgery in the past few months, only to go home disappointed. That is until last week, when the second liver transplant he'd been waiting for took place.

Brooks says he has a long recovery ahead of him, but he is doing well. Doctors did need to operate a second time Sunday because of a minor complication with the transplant. However, he also got to see his two children that day, Father's Day. His wife, Janet, has been at his side since the surgery.

Friends and supporters of Brooks in Greenville have planned events to support the Brooks Family Fund. On June 28, you can sit the Brooks Family Fund Section at Golden Corral in Greenville from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. All tips will be donated to the Brooks Family Fund, which helps them pay for some of the costs associated with his care.

Red Oak Volunteer Fire Department is celebrating its 50th anniversary on July 21. The event will include a blood drive and fundraiser for Brooks.


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