PASO ROBLES — Police officers and firefighters are coming together to help the family of Paso Robles Police Department Sgt. Ricky Lehr with rising medical expenses by organizing a corn hole tournament.
The fundraising tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 18, in the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to enter is $60 per two-person team. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams.
The Paso Robles Police Officer’s Association and Firefighters Local 4148 are organizing the tournament.
“It’s going to be a fun day to help an incredible, amazing family,” said Paso Robles POA President Eric Azardvand, adding that it was the firefighters group’s idea for the fundraiser. “The fire department stepped up and said this is what we want to do.”
Sgt. Lehr’s daughter, Jadyn, 14, was rushed to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera on June 25 and has been hospitalized ever since as doctors treat an autoimmune disease that caused her kidneys to fail.
“They took her to a local hospital for abdominal swelling,” Azardvand said. “And overnight their world changed.”
She was immediately transported to Valley Children’s and underwent surgery, Azardvand said. During the procedure, doctors discovered Jordyn had a previously undiagnosed heart defect not associated with the autoimmune disease.
Jadyn is the Lehr’s second-oldest child. She has an older brother and two younger twin siblings. Her mom and dad have spent the past month at Valley Children’s, while family and friends have stayed with their children in Paso Robles.
Fortunately, treatment for the autoimmune disease — chemotherapy — is available and has a high success rate, but it takes up to a year.
Jadyn will also need dialysis daily and, ultimately, if the chemo is successful new kidneys. She may also have to undergo heart surgery.
Azardvand said Jadyn’s parents are learning to do dialysis and having their home remodeled for when Jadyn comes home.
Azardvand started a Go Fund Me campaign after learning what happened to Jordyn. It’s raised nearly $22,000 with a goal of $25,000.
All of the proceeds from Go Fund Me and the tournament will go to the Lehr family.
The community — BarrelHouse Brewing, Allegretto Vineyard Resort, JUSTIN Vineyards and Winery and many others — has chipped in to make the corn hole tournament a success. Food and drinks will be available as well as a silent auction.
Azardvand is not surprised by the outpouring of support.
“The Paso community always comes together whenever a tragic event like this happens,” he said. “It just makes us feel good to see.”