A benefit for John DeCrane will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Arrowhead Country Club between Princeville and Chillicothe.

A benefit for John DeCrane will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Arrowhead Country Club between Princeville and Chillicothe.

Arrowhead Country Club is located about nine miles north of Peoria. The club is east of Princeville on Route 90, with the turnoff just two miles east of the Route 40 junction off of West Truitt Road.

A Galva resident, DeCrane was diagnosed in 2014 with an aggressive form of prostrate cancer. John had his prostrate removed in Iowa City in hopes of eliminating all of the cancer. The surgery was unsuccessful due to scar tissue from previous surgeries according to his daughter, Jessica Donahoo.

After the surgery, John went septic and was flown into an intensive care unit in Peoria. He began hormone treatment therapy and during the process, developed an aneurysm. 

He had the surgery at OSF and the cancer seemed to be under control for about a year, then he suffered a stroke and ended up back at OSF again.  

In the last six months, John's PSA levels shot up and the oncologist started him on radiation, in hopes of preveting the cancer from spreading. He received the radiation for five days in a row for several months. The side effects were not pleasant. 

John's family then tried to get him on a clinical trial as the cancer had spread to his bones, but that effort proved unsuccessful. He recently started on new hormones and his PSA went down a little, but he has been experiencing pain from the spread of the cancer.

John and his wife, Shelly, have been trying to sell their semi truck and trailer and close out the business. In the meantime, they have medical bills coming in. They also had to pay a hefty price to replace water lines in their home after they collapsed.

The couple’s daughters, Jessica Donahoo and Nicky Edwards, are putting on the benefit to help with their parents bills.

There will be a live DJ and a family musician playing the guitar.  There will be food consisting of pulled pork, hot dogs, chili, baked potatoes and side dishes.  

There will be a donation box at the front door, and the donation qualifies those attending for door prize drawings. There also will be silent auctions, which close at 9 p.m. There will be 50/50 drawings conducted during the night. 

The live auction consists of a guitar, tickets to the Galva Back Road Festival, a painting by a family member, a tour of a OSF Life Flight hanger and a few other big items.  

The tour will be good at the Peoria, Peru or the Rockford hangers. The winner will meet the pilots, RNs,        communicators, mechanics and others who make the gears run for Life Flight. 

There will be bar prices on alcohol that is sold by Arrowhead Country Club. There will also be a bake sale accepting goodwill donations.

There will be a corner of fun activities for the kids where games, coloring and a bounce house will be set up. The benefit will be family-oriented.