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Discussing Everyday Issues Affecting Everyday People

- Volume 8
thru March 2003

Roger Sarver Benefit

Western New York native, Roger Sarver, former employee of the now defunct Ashford Concrete, and bus driver for Springville Griffith Institute has been diagnosed with Adenosquamous carcinoma of the pancreas. According to the American Medical Association (AMA), “Adenosquamous carcinoma of the pancreas is a rare but particularly virulent variant of invasive ductal carcinoma.” In layman terms it refers to a new growth which will invade surrounding tissues, metastasize (spread to other organs) and in Roger’s case will eventually lead to his death.

Roger and his family, wife Darlene, an elementary teacher in the Gowanda school district, and his three children; Daniel, Roxanne and Carrianne are painfully aware of the prognosis. They realize that Roger suffers from the fifth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, with approximately 28,000 Americans dieing from cancer of the pancreas annually. This disease is not only becoming common, it is also exceptionally difficult to treat. Surgical removal ("resection") of the cancer is currently the only chance for a cure for these patients; unfortunately for Roger, this therapy is not an option.

Pancreatic cancer often "strikes" quickly, leaving patients and relatives to deal with sensitive issues they are totally unprepared for. The family must watch their loved one as he heroically faces the pain and tribulations of daily life with the disease. Roger must deal with not only the pain and fatigue but also with the bleak future of leaving his family unattended in a world that is no longer safe and secure.

The family must deal with accepting the loss of a loved one, while attempting to make his time manageable and memorable. They will indeed begin to deal with Caregiver stress, a daily fact of life for far too many caregivers. Caregiving often takes a great deal of time, effort, and work, it is a struggle to balance caregiving with other responsibilities including full-time jobs and caring for children. This Constant stress can lead to "burnout" and health problems for the caregiver, leaving them feeling guilty, frustrated, and angry from time to time.

The burden to Roger and his family also includes the loss of Roger’s financial status. Presently Roger is receiving no disability and his means to receive disability are looking bleak. The stress of a terminal disease has already engulfed this family of normally active, civic minded individuals.

Roger has left his mark of friendship on many. Students will recall their bus driver; many will recall the Over the Road Truck Driver that made them smile. The former manager of Dinah’s Family Restaurant in Springville is an active member of the Springville Field and Stream Club, Western New York Trap League and the Assembly of God Church in Springville. Roger loves to hunt and fish, but most of all he loves the quality time he has with his family, a time that has ungraciously been cut short.

Roger and his family have always been active in assisting others in their community. Now, friends, neighbors and acquaintances are gathering to give back to Roger and his family some of what this family has, over the years, offered to the community. While this group cannot extend the life of Roger, nor assist with the emotional stress of Roger’s prognosis, they can assist in alleviating the financial burden of Roger’s illness.



Friends have planned a benefit for Roger and his family to be held at the Springville Fire Hall on March 23, 2003. A Chicken Bar-B-Que will be held from 11:30 to 2:00. Bar-B-Ques will be $7.00 each.

Following the Bar-B-Que, friends will be hosting a jamboree from 3:00 until 9:00, bands included are Wild Fire, The Doerfel’s and Ozone Rangers, refreshments will be available. A Chinese Auction will be held throughout the day. Tickets at $10.00 per person will be available at the door; presale tickets are available at Emerling Ford on Cascade Drive in Springville.

Those wishing to donate merchandise for the Chinese Auction, time, etc should email Brenda Issues will forward all mail to the chairperson.

A special fund has been set up for financial donations to the family. Persons wishing to assist may send their donations to:

C/O Benefit for Roger Sarver
PO Box 113
Springville, NY 14141.

An Adult Make A Wish Foundation

Table of Contents

Employment & Business Section:

  1. Fired for Having a Heart Attack - The Employment At-Will Doctrine

  2. Is At-Will Out-The-Door in NY?  
  3. Workplace Violence & Employment At-Will
  4. Non-Compete Agreements
  5. Wrongful Termination
  6. State-By-State Laws: At-Will Employment
  7. Hostile Work Environments
  8. Investigate That Business
  9. Background Investigation Databases
  10. Car Buying Guide
  11. State-By-State Resources: Department of Motor Vehicles
  12. International Unclaimed Funds Databases
  13. American Unclaimed Funds Databases

Drug Tests & False-Positive Drug Tests:

  1. Reader's Dilemma: Fired For drug Test Result                       

  2. Reader's Dilemma: Update   
  3. Reader's Dilemma: Issue's Assessment
  4. Causes of False-Positive Drug Tests  
  5. Drug Testing America: Is it Worth the Cost?
  6. State-By-State: Drug Testing Laws

The Paranormal:

  1. Debating the Paranormal

  2. Fort George Ghost Tour
  3. Apparitions: A Birthday Visit
  4. Haunted Abbeville
  5. The Ghost That Didn't Like To Remodel 

Child Support

  1. Current Cases: Back Child Support
  2. Is The System Working?
  3. Caught in the Web
  4. Debate: New Child Support Laws
  5. Department of Social Services: Erie County, NY

Miscellaneous Pages:

  1. Genealogical Resources 

  2. Pain Management: The Harb Experience
  3. Site Map
  4. Archives
  5. Mail
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  7. Margaret's Country Crafts   Updated: 7/4/2002
  8. Harb Music   NEW: 6/26/2002

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I wish each and every one of you a life filled with dreams and void of ISSUES!
I appreciate your patience and patronage.


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