Valley Rural Electric Cooperative will host its ninth annual benefit golf outing Thursday, August 12 at the Huntingdon Country Club, 10305 Raystown Road, Huntingdon. All of Valley's offices will be closed that day as employees lend a hand for the event. Started by Valley REC's employee health and wellness committee, which has raised more than $180,000 for charities since its inception, the tournament will benefit two area residents, Hannah Johns and River Troutman.
Hannah Johns, daughter of Tyler and Jamie Johns of Huntingdon, was born in October 2020 with a heart condition that required immediate surgery. Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR) is a congenital birth defect of the heart that prevents oxygen-rich blood from returning to the left side of the heart from the lungs. Hannah had surgery in Pittsburgh shortly after birth and will require follow-up medical care for her heart and for cat eye syndrome, a chromosomal disorder. Hannah, a lively little girl who smiles easily, has an older brother, Matthew, age 3.
River Troutman is a sophomore at Northern Bedford High School. On April 1, 2020 he was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer that begins in the center part of the chest, between the lungs. River has had multiple stays at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is still on chemotherapy and has endured seizures and two brain surgeries related to bleeding and clotting common with lymphoma patients. River is the son of Dana and Kandy Troutman of Hopewell, Bedford County. He has an older brother, Brook, and a younger brother, Lake. Family and friends have been amazed at River’s resilience as he regains the strength to walk again and even get in some fishing.
For details about the golf outing and how to register or sponsor, visit the Golf Outing page.