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Resident diagnosed with cancer, community organizes fundraiser

by VICTOR CORRAL MARTINEZ
Staff Writer | February 2, 2021 2:05 PM

BONNERS FERRY — County resident Jeff Avery was recently diagnosed with cancer, but community members have come together to offer support and hope as he fights his battle.

In a Facebook post, Jeff Avery wrote, “Well, bad news today. It's cancer for sure. Now the question is if it’s spread. I had blood work today and a CT this Friday to see if it's moved to my liver and lymph system.”

In the post, Jeff Avery prays that the colon is just in his colon and is hopeful that he may not need chemotherapy.

“It's as God wills it ultimately, but He isn't deaf to sincere prayer.” Jeff Avery said.

Jeff Avery is married to Tia Avery and has seven children, 14 grandchildren that are a source of happiness for the couple.

According to Kyle Watts, Jeff Avery is known in the community as a hard worker who has been an employee with Apple Creek Propagators for about a decade.

“Anyone who knows Jeff would say he is a man of conviction, a man of family values, and a man of Faith first,” Watts said.

Watts made it clear that the Avery’s are the type of people who would help others in the community in need if needed.

“We all have the ability to help a man and his family, that if given the opportunity, would help any one of us,” Watts said.

Watt’s and Woody’s Gun and Pawn LLC have begun a raffle to raise funds for the Avery family to help cover any financial needs during this difficult time.

Tia Avery responded to all the support in the community by sharing her thoughts on Facebook, “Thank you all for the amazing love and support you are showing us as we walk this journey together!”

The fundraiser prize is a new AR-15 and 200 rounds of ammo; you can purchase tickets for $10 at Woody’s Gun and Pawn 7197 Main St, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805. The drawing will take place Thursday, April 1.