Benefit fundraiser for former Fordoche mayor set for May 6

FORDOCHE — A Krotz Springs non-profit organization is holding a benefit fundraiser for a staple of the Pointe Coupee Parish community.

Rockin on the River holds an event typically every September to help someone in need in the community. The organization has sponsored over 25 events and raised over $ 1 million with all proceeds benefitting the recipients.

Rockin on the River is holding a benefit fundraiser on May 6th for Justin Cox at the Fordoche Community Center, 4261 Overton Street. Grounds open at 8 a.m.

Cox has been with Acadian Ambulance for 31 years. Cox also served three terms as the Mayor of Fordoche.

However, Cox’s health took a turn in November. His liver started to malfunction and he was placed on the transplant list. He received the transplant two days before Christmas.

Kacey Cox, the event coordinator for Rockin on the River Fundraiser and Justin’s niece l, said the situation has been tough on the family.

“Because he’s not a drinker, the liver caught everybody off guard,” Kacey said. “He went into the hospital two days before Thanksgiving and did not come out. We actually had planned his funeral and everybody had come to terms with that and then I don’t know what criteria changed to allow him to get on the emergency transplant list. The family became hopeful.”

After the transplant, Cox’s kidneys began functioning properly despite a few expected setbacks in the following days. Kacey said two weeks after the surgery, Cox’s kidneys were not responding and his health has declined ever since.

“His wife is struggling both mentally and physically,” she said. “It’s a lot. Justin had a stroke about two weeks ago because his blood pressure keeps dropping below normal. The dialysis center told him he was going to ruin the new liver. He’s in New Orleans to see if he qualifies (for a kidney transplant).”

To help the family cover some of Justin’s medical expenses, Rockin on the River is holding a gun raffle with live and silent auctions at the benefit event. Kacey said they’ll also have raffle tickets with a $2,500 cash prize as well as a kid’s corner. The event will have a band with a DJ all day long.

“We just want the public to get involved,” she said.

Kacey said her uncle isn’t expected to attend the benefit. She said they are waiting on updates on if Cox will be able to have a kidney transplant.

“He was 100 percent healthy and then it all happened so fast,” Kacey said. “It’s just been a really difficult time for everybody. He was against the benefit from the beginning because he just thought, ‘I’ll go back to work early next year.’ He just wasn’t prepared.”

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