Cancer victim fundraiser features prime rib, band
Senior Staff Writer
Cancer took a kidney from Scott Milhous when he was four. Decades later, it has taken another.
Milhous, now 31, lies in a Woodland hospital with no health insurance and his employment disability payments have stopped, according to his mother, Dorothy Smith, of Robbins. He recently was denied Social Security help as well.
“It’s been quite an experience to have to jump through all these hoops just to live,” Smith said this week. “He’s in the hospital this morning on dialysis.”
Expenses are mounting. That’s why his Nevada County relatives are throwing a fundraiser for him Saturday night at the Nevada County Horsemen’s clubhouse on Bubbling Wells Road. All proceeds from the dinner and dance at the edge of Grass Valley will go toward Milhous’ medical costs, said his aunt Vicki Reed.
For a $20 advance ticket or $25 at the door, partiers will get a prime rib dinner and music from the Failed Bronc Riders, a country group that has played several large venues and casinos. Tickets to the National Finals Rodeo will be raffled off, and there will be door prizes and an auction.
“He will have to have seven to eight hours of dialysis three to four times a week,” Reed said. “He will not be able to work and desperately needs help. This will help him be able to travel back and forth to treatment centers and with some of the other expenses he will incur.”
Milhous may be eligible for kidney transplants down the road, “but he has to be cancer-free for two years,” before he can qualify, Smith said.
When he is well enough to be out of the hospital, Milhous stays at his mother’s home or at his apartment in Marysville.
“A lot of people are pulling for him,” Smith said. “He can’t wait to get his little doggie back,” that his mother had to leave with friends when his last kidney was removed.
Milhous is a single man whose father, Monty Milhous, is a well-known truck driver who lives in North San Juan.
“Scott is a roofer and builds houses,” his mother said. “But right now, he can’t even drive.”
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4237.
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