A Hancock County deputy with a familiar name is unable to work because of a debilitating medical condition.
Zack Bass, son of Chief Deputy Don Bass, has Stage IIb colon cancer.
The 33-year-old deputy and his wife, Christy, have three children. He has been a part-time reserve deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department for nearly three years, and works for Chemours, formerly known as DuPont. He recently returned to work part-time and with restrictions.
Friends and friends of friends are working together on a benefit catfish fry for Bass — but it’ll be more than just an opportunity to buy a quick dinner.
There will be a raffle for a seven-day stay for up to eight people in the Smoky Mountains.
There’s also going to be a silent auction with prizes such as riding on a fighter jet and other World War II aircraft, including one that does loops, turning you upside down.
And then there’s a gift basket from the TV crew of “NCIS: New Orleans,” and two backstage passes for the filming of a show.
Don Bass said he’s overwhelmed by the support of those helping with the fundraiser. It’s set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at Dan B’s on the beach in Bay St. Louis.
The restaurant at 109 South Beach Boulevard will serve catfish plates, and cold beer, water and other drinks. T-shirts in support of Zack Bass will also be available for purchase.
Jet and plane rides to be auctioned off are compliments of the Blackhawk Flight Foundation, a group of businessmen who are mostly Vietnam-veteran pilots and combat aircrew, commercial pilots and philanthropists.
A minimum bid of $150 will likely be requested for the plane rides and there will be 10 winners, and four winners for the fighter-jet ride, Bass said.
There will also be a corn hole tournament.
Medical bills are mounting and Christy Bass, who is self-employed, has been unable to work since her husband began what will be a series of surgeries.
“We’re fighting it and we’re winning the battle,” Don Bass said, “and that’s what counts. But it is costly.”
Zack Bass started to feel sick about eight months ago. He was diagnosed with colon cancer May 11. In less than a week, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor. It required the removal of 18 inches of his colon, his father said.
After he was released from the hospital, he was back in an emergency room the next day. An infection had set in.
Zack Bass had a second surgery May 26 to remove the infection. The surgery resulted in a colostomy and 17 days in a hospital.
Cancer treatment begins in a few weeks, and he will undergo surgery to reverse the colostomy in a few months.
A benefit bank account has been set up at Keesler Federal Credit Union in the name of Zackary Bass Benefit.
“My son and his beautiful wife don’t need the stress of medical costs,” Don Bass said.
“If you can’t help, please tell others about it.”
For more details about the benefit for Zack Bass, call 228-342-0918.