York County deputies raise money for baby with rare disease

news@enquirerherald.comOctober 30, 2012 

— People from the law enforcement and business communities throughout York County are holding a Boston Butt fundraiser to help a deputy whose son was born with a rare muscle disease.

Baby James Avery Clark, nicknamed “Rex,” son of York County Sheriff’s office deputy Alex Clark and his wife, Charlotte, was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. The disease has no cure and does not have a long life prognosis. The baby’s requirements for around-the-clock care has forced Charlotte Clark to quit her job to take care of Rex.

“Rex is stage 1, which is about as severe as there is,” said Alex Clark. “We just want to give him as much love as we can.”

The baby has spent weeks since birth in June at the Levine’s Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

“The little guy is a fighter and so many people just wanted to do something to help this family any way we could,” said Lt. David Frye, Alex Clark’s shift supervisor in the patrol division of the sheriff’s office. Alex Clark has worked for the sheriff’s office since 2005.

Magistrate Judge Bob Davenport will cook the pork butts, and several businesses offered to sell tickets for $25 apiece. Pickup will be Friday, Nov. 9, at the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department, 1705 S.C. 324.

Orders must be placed in advance. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations.

Rock Hill: A Lasting Touch, 2210 India Hook Rd.; Nichol’s Store, 1980 Mt. Holly Road.; Unique Visions, 622 W. Main St.; Nishie G’s, 706 Mount Gallant Road.; Nishie G’s, 727 Dilworth Lane.

Clover/Lake Wylie: T-Bones on the Lake, 3990 Charlotte Highway.; The Pizza Man, 107 Bethel St.

York: Fogle’s Electrical and Plumbing, 1110 E. Alexander Love Highway.; Olympia Pizzeria, 1075 Filbert Highway; Shear Attitude, 28 N. Congress St.

Fort Mill: Beef O’Brady’s, 940 Market St., Baxter Village.

Sharon: Brownie’s Sales, 3864 York St.

Online updates can be seen at:

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/RexClark; and http://rexsride.org/index.html

Clover Community Bank locations are also accepting donations to the Rex Clark Fund.

To order call 803-415-2450.

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