The Napa auto parts store in Odon hasn't been quite the same the last few months. It's owner, "Napa" Joe Chestnut, a fixture at the business, has been on bed-rest in area hospitals for the better part of four months.
"He has sepsis and has jumped from hospital-to-hospital and has been in and out of rehabilitation facilities since June. The sepsis caused his kidneys to start shutting down as well," said Josh Chestnut, Joe's son. "He just wants to come home but he will be in rehab until at least next week in Washington."
Sepsis is a blood infection caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. The chemicals that are released into the blood to fight infection cause widespread inflammation. The inflammation, which can cause organ damage or organ failure, also causes reduced blood flow to the limbs and organs. Sepsis can be caused from normally harmless things such as scraped knees or hangnails or from urinary tract infections, meningitis, and pneumonia among other things.
To help offset the cost of Joe's medical expenses, the Chestnut family is hosting a "Pickin' 4 Joe" benefit Oct. 12 at the Simon J. Graber Building beginning at 4 p.m. At 5 p.m. a pulled pork dinner with various sides and desserts will be served for a free will donation.
The Bluegrass Messengers and Bunkum Valley Boys, both local Bluegrass groups, will be playing a concert from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An auction will start at 7:30 p.m.
"We've been really lucky and have had several people donate for the auctions so far," said Ben Chestnut, Joe's brother. "We have items from Napa (including NASCAR), hunting boots, gift certificates ranging from $10 to $500 for food and other services. There's something for everyone. We even have Thirty-One purses, baby quilts, a wooden rocking chair and Christmas wreaths and other items for the ladies."
Part of the items will be sold during a silent auction while the other portion will be sold during a live auction.
"Joe is the type of person who would go to work even when he didn't feel well," said Ben. "We all hope he gets to come home soon."
Donations are still being accepting. Those who are interested in donating items can contact Josh at 812-259-0796.