On January 8, 2018, this young man was taken to the UVA Medical Center, in Charlottesville, Virginia, to receive a heart transplant. He was in surgery for 9 hours, and it was a success. He will have to remain in the hospital for 6 six weeks, followed by six more weeks at the Ronald McDonald House there in Charlottesville. This is Clayton Davis, he is 17 years old, and a student at Carroll County High School. He is an active member of our FFA Chapter and is serving as Chapter Vice-President this year. Clayton is not only a leader in our program, he is a leader at home. According to his dad, he keeps his two younger brothers on task at the family’s farm. Clayton also has two older brothers, in college. The oldest brother is a junior at Virginia Tech, and he has taken this semester off to work and to look after his younger brothers and the farm while their parents are with Clayton in Charlottesville, 200 miles away. The other brother is at New River Community College, and is trying to get a job at the Volvo Truck Plant to help the family during these trying times. Both of Clayton's older brothers were FFA Officers in our chapter, and both have received their American FFA Degree. Clayton's family in the eyes of many have had a rough year. Last Christmas they lost their grandfather who lived on the farm with them to cancer, over the summer their father was in a serious truck accident, and now Clayton's heart transplant. But, to know them and see them you would never know. This is a family which reaches out to their community through the serve to others, always willing to do whatever it takes to help others around them. Now is a time that they need the community to reach out to them. This fund is being set up to help pay Clayton's medical and medication bills, which will be great. With these bills taken care of, his oldest brother can return to Virginia Tech in the fall and finish his degree, his other brother can focus on finishing at the community college, and the rest of the family can focus on getting Clayton better. They can return to a normal life without the worries of how these bills are going to get paid. My prayer is this, " I hope that hearts will be touched by the example this family has demonstrated to others, and that their needs will be filled by the same kindness. I pray for a complete recovery for this young man and that in time he will return to school to be with his friends. I hope that you will find it in your hearts to reach out and contribute to this fund, as it will truly go to help a deserving family."Clayton on a bull at the 2017 National FFA Convention
This is Clayton receiving an award for the Forestry CDE at the 2017, Virginia FFA Convention.