by Sandy Kaczmarski
ST. CHARLES—A St. Charles man needing a heart transplant will get some help from a fundraiser at the St. Charles Bowl on Saturday, July 30, at 7 p.m. The money raised will help with mounting medical costs and home repairs on his fixer-upper.
Ed Platis now has a pump that helps his weak heart do its job as he waits for a new heart. He is number eight on a regional list and has been waiting for four months.
Platis was a 28-year old newlywed in 2008 when he developed a cough that just didn’t seem to go away. Just a few months after his wedding, he was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
“He gets extremely tired and weak,” his mother-in-law Donna Stachnik said. “There is no cure.”
Stachnik said she’ll never forget the day her daughter called her with the news.
“There was terror in her voice,” she recalled. “To think as newlyweds, for a doctor to say he could die from this.”
Stachnik said no one had any idea there were any health issues with Ed.
“He worked as an apprentice plumber when my daughter started dating him,” she said. “There’s no history of heart failure in his family. We had no idea there was anything wrong.”
Platis had to leave work, and he also had to stop a rehab project on the home he and his wife Jackie purchased; his great-grandparents’ home that’s been in the family since the 1920s. Stachnik said the contaminants and dust from tearing out walls and replastering make the house uninhabitable with his delicate condition, and they must be completed before he and Jackie can move back in.
Anne Kijowski from St. Charles Bowl said she and Donna “go way back” and have been friends for a long time. She said when she heard about Ed’s situation, “it sounded really sad.”
“Bowling fundraisers are a great way to make a lot of money in the least amount of time,” she said.
Kijowski said a fundraiser a few years ago brought in about $9,000. Some of the raffle items that will be available include a 40-inch flat screen TV from Tiger Amusement in Sugar Grove, a private theater showing from the Arcada Theatre, Cubs and White Sox tickets, and signed sports memorabilia.
Liquor ‘n’ Wine locations in St. Charles and Geneva are donating 5 percent of Tuesday sales during July to the fundraiser.
Information on Ed and Jackie including other fundraisers and donation information can be found at haveaheartfored.org and also on Facebook under Haveaheartfor Ed.
St. Charles Bowl is at 2520 W. Main St. Tickets for the Ed Platis fundraiser are $20 per person. Lane sponsorships are available for $50 per lane. Call the bowling alley at (630) 584-9400 for more information.