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Jo Wesley hospitalized

Former Helping Hands director in serious condition
A woman who has spent many years helping the community through difficult times now needs a little help of her own.
Ennis native Jo Sulak Wesley, former executive director for Helping Hands of Ennis, is at Methodist Medical Center in Dallas in serious condition due to a liver illness that may require a transplant.
Wesley has no medical insurance, according to longtime friend Tisha Brown, who shared her concern over mounting hospital bills.
“Jo has a liver condition that requires her to be in the critical care unit at Methodist and even with insurance, that is a huge expense,” she said. “She may need to be in there for quite some time and a liver transplant is something that will be a reality in the near future. However, right now her liver function count is too low to even be considered for a transplant. The family is going through so much right now that to add the worry of hospital bills to an already terrible situation just doesn’t seem fair, so we are asking for the public’s help.”
The All-Star Bowling Center in Ennis is sponsoring a fundraiser for Wesley and organizers said they know the community will get behind the event. Delilah Wachsmann, spokesperson for All-Star, said the center is happy to help in any way it can.
“The Wesleys are a great family who mean a lot to the community,” she said. “Their son works for us and we know them all personally so we wanted to help them in their time of need. On Sunday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. everyone can bowl all day for $10. The fee includes the cost of shoes and patrons can bowl as long as they want. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Wesley family.”
Brown said she hopes citizens with whom Wesley networked and those she assisted for many years through Helping Hands will now support her.
“It is mind-blowing that after spending her life trying to help others that she would be in a situation where she needs our help,” she said.
“I hope Ennis comes out to support her by donating monetarily but I also ask the community to pray for Jo like she has prayed for them every day. She is a strong woman and if anyone can bounce back from this, it will be her.”
For more information regarding the fundraiser, contact the All Star at 972-878-9304.

Candie Beck-Adams is community editor for the Ennis Daily News. She can be reached at candie@ennisdailynews.com.

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