Ohio helping ailing member

DAYTON, Ohio — The Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation is seeking donations to help its tournament director recover from a couple of debilitating strokes.

During the first weekend in August, William (Enoch) Russell, the tournament director for the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation, suffered a mild stroke and was taken to a medical center in Dayton, according to Al Evans, chapter president. Overnight, Russell suffered another stroke that left him unable to speak, with loss of function of his right arm and weakness in his right leg.

Evans has talked with Russell’s wife, who said Russell is rehabbing at home and making some progress with his physical and speech therapy. She told Evans that her husband will probably not be able to return to work. He has also maxed out his health insurance, and the medical bills continue to mount.

A medical expense donation fund has been established in the name of William Russell. Donations can be made at any Wright Patterson Credit Union branch or mailed to Al Evans, 868 Amherst Dr., Urbana, OH 43078. 

The Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation is also working on some fundraising efforts.

“We are planning on having some raffles and donations at our annual meeting,” Evans said. “It is late in the year around here to plan any type of benefit tournament, but we do plan on having some type of get-together, like a Monte Carlo-type night, to raise some money over the winter.”

To donate raffle items, call Evans at 937-869-4453.