Get into fall spirit for a cause

Published 12:05 am Thursday, October 20, 2011

Natchez — The second-annual Fall Fun Day will give parents a chance to bring their children out to the bluff for space jumps, hamburgers and good family fun, all for a good cause.

The event was created by Ron Bequette, and all the proceeds go to the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children in Jackson, Mississippi’s only children’s hospital.

Bequette created the event not just to give to a great cause but because doctors and nurses at the Blair E. Batson Hospital saved his own son’s life.

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When Brody was 2 months old, he got a severe case of respiratory syncytial virus. After being treated at Natchez Community Hospital, Brody was sent home seemingly healthy.

The next night Brody woke up crying. He crashed on the way to Natchez Community and once again at the hospital.

Brody was airlifted by a medevac to Blair E. Batson where he spent nine days on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.

Brody received amazing care at the hospital, Bequette said, and is healthy now and spoiled rotten.

Bequette said he is forever indebted to the doctors and the staff at the hospital.

“It hard to put into words,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for them.”

The personal care and attention Brody received at the hospital is what Bequette said made him want to start Fall Fun Day

The fun-filled day will feature live music, a treasure hunt, carnival-style games, food, refreshments, face-painting and 3,500 prizes. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the event for various items, including a trip to New Orleans and a charcoal grill.

The Air Evac Lifeteam is also flying a helicopter to the event so children can take a look inside it.

Redneck Adventures, Eagle Electric, State Farm’s Stuart Heflin, Peddler’s Outdoor Hearth & Home and other sponsors will be out and about at the event, and some sponsors will have tents set up on the bluff.

Fall Fun Day is on the bluff from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Nov. 5. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

T-shirts will be sold at the event for $10. Children and adult sizes are available.

For more information, to sponsor the event or pre-order a T-shirt, call Bequette at 601-807-0086.

Bequette said the event raised $2,000 last year.

“I know it’s going to be bigger this year,” he said.