Jody Lee Caudle is a well-known member of Stephenville who not only works as a Texas Home Grown Radio DJ, but supports others in the community.

Now his friends are returning the favor with Jody Lee’s Pickin' Party benefit from noon-midnight Sunday, July 1, at Twisted J.

Caudle has a slow pumping heart, with an ejection fraction of 15-20%. A normal ejection fraction — which is the measurement of the percentage of blood leaving your heart each time it contracts — is 55% or higher.

More specifically it’s left-sided and right-sided congestive heart failure (CHF).

“I’ve always been on the other side of it, so I don’t know how to handle it. I’m always the one helping others with fundraising, so it’s weird being on this side of it,” Caudle said. “It’s a heart disease that is hereditary and the doctors said I would have had it no matter what and there’s no way to fix it. So they just give me medicine to help my heart work less hard.”

Caudle said he may have to get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, but will continue to be on medication the rest of his life.

The benefit will include music, food, games and silent and live auctions. Donations are being accepted through Friday and can be taken to Twisted J or be picked up by calling 254-434-2660.

The event has been organized by Cody Johnson and family, Brandon Sommerfeld, Trey Burden, Baileigh Hunter, Kolby Cunningham and Caudle’s sister, Candiss Caudle Territo.

“With the long road ahead of him, people of our community have banned together in an attempt to help the Caudle family with medical and travel expenses that are already occurring, and will continue to in the future,” states a release from Twisted J. “We need Jody’s heart to worry about one less thing during this process.”

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