Nearly three years after her initial diagnosis, Golden Gate Estates resident Tara Dever died of breast cancer Oct. 2, leaving her husband and three sons "swamped with debt," according to her best friend.
"She did everything she was supposed to do, but it was a really aggressive kind and nothing they did really worked," Lynn Deffet said. "They have insurance, but a lot of things she did over the three years was experimental and wasn't covered."
On Saturday, Deffet will host The Dever Boys Poker Run, with proceeds to going to the Dever Boys Family Fund to help the family, which includes three sons ages 4, 10 and 13 and Dever's husband, Doug, a sergeant at the Collier County Sheriff's Office. Nonriders can attend a family-style barbecue later that day at the Sun-N-Fun Lagoon water park, 15000 Livingston Road.
After learning of her diagnosis, Dever began seeing specialists in the Naples area, trying everything from organic diets to experimental trials. Just this past summer, she flew to Dallas, where a doctor told her she was a perfect candidate for another new trial, Deffet said.
Deffet said she met Dever at First Baptist Church in Naples nearly 20 years ago. The women quickly became best friends and shared common ground over their husbands working for the Sheriff's Office.
"I was kind of left with a hole in my heart and thinking what can I do, if anything to help him?" Deffet said of the idea behind the poker run.
The poker run will begin at 10 a.m. at Harley-Davidson Naples, with preregistration beginning at 8:30. The cost is $25 per rider for a poker hand, food, raffle ticket and a T-shirt. Passengers are $15, but don't receive a shirt.
Nonriders are welcome to Sun-N-Fun Lagoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for a family-style barbecue at $5 per person. The event will include a bounce house, face painting, a clown and giveaway prizes.
To register or ask for more information, contact Lynn Deffet at 239-352-4654 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.