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Community rallies to help local restaurant partner known for helping others

Joseph Sevier, with family and son Milo, who was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. // Image courtesy, Sevier family

By Mike Hazlip—
From the little league to the Police Department, Texas Roadhouse in Citrus Heights is known for helping the community. Now, the restaurant’s managing partner Joseph Ruben Sevier has found himself on the receiving end of the community’s generosity.

Sevier and his wife Andrea recently announced through social media that their one-year-old son, Milo, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. Doctors identified Milo’s condition as a primitive neuroectodermal tumor that spread to his spine, according to Sevier.

Treatments, including chemo therapy, will take place over the next 10-12 months with some treatments requiring a facility in San Francisco, the family says.

Family friend Pauleen Borgesi-Campbel set up a GoFundMe page last week to support the Sevier family. The fund had raised more than $23,000 of its $100,000 goal as of press time Saturday, and Sevier confirmed the page’s validity in an email response to the Sentinel. The money will be used to help the family with travel and medical expenses.

“First, our hearts are overwhelmed by all your love & support,” Sevier said in Friday’s announcement. “Thank you is not enough for how much y’all have given in prayer, love, resources, & emotion to stand with us. We truly love you.”

A raffle is also being held at the restaurant to raise funds. Organizer Shaunna Stuart told The Sentinel she has been a loyal customer of Texas Roadhouse, and was moved to action when she heard about the Sevier’s situation.

“When I heard about his baby I just knew I had to do something!,” Stuart said. “It is the right thing to do! Joseph is so loved by this community I have had so many guests share wonderful stories about how Joseph has helped their family.”

Stuart said she has raised over $2,000 as of Saturday night in the first two days of the raffle, and she plans to continue selling tickets at Texas Roadhouse until May 30. Tickets are $10, and first prize includes a 65” flat screen TV.

Sevier said he is grateful for the community’s support and the family is facing this challenge with faith.
“Thank you for loving our Favored Warrior Milo,” he said. “Thank you for being family. Thank you for modeling what the hands & feet of Jesus look like here on earth. Thank you for believing with us.”

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