MINOOKA – Dave Tribe and his family – wife Becky and sons, Patrick, 19, and Jacob, 18 – moved to Minooka just a couple of months ago from Channahon, where Dave was healthy, strong and ran Tribe Construction, along with being an independent contractor on other construction projects.
The housing fall took a big cut out of his business, but he made due with his independent work. Then suddenly in December, everything changed for him and his family when Tribe, only in his 40s, suffered a massive aortic aneurysm and was taken to Loyola Medical Center within minutes of the discovery at a smaller hospital.
At Loyola, his wife’s niece, Nina Diedrick, said Tribe underwent a critical and lengthy open heart surgery to repair the aneurysm. That same day, there were complications that made it necessary for Tribe to undergo a second open heart surgery.
Tribe is recovering from the surgeries and is unable to return to his very physical job.
“At this point, he is still not able to do things like mow the lawn,” Diedrick said. “He has tried, but the dizziness he gets and the back pain is really his aneurysm, the doctors told him.
“He’s walking every day, and to see him, he looks healthy, but the doctors have told him he might only be able to do clerical work, and even then, that might be a lot for him.”
To help Tribe’s family, Diedrick and other family members and friends are hosting a classic car show benefit at the end of this month and another benefit in October.
The Dave Tribe’s Road to Recovery Classic Car Show – Hot Rods and Handlebars Benefit Event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Fort Locks Storage, 24130 W. Riverside Dr. in Channahon.
Paula Newsom, one of the organizers of the car show, said she is hoping for at least 200 cars to register for the show. Her father’s 1929 Ford Model A will be there, as will her 1966 blue T-bird.
A second benefit is also being planned for this fall in Merrionette Park. Dave Tribe’s Road to Recovery Fund benefit will be Oct. 12 at 115 Bourbon St., 3359 W.115th St., in Merrionette Park.
The Tribes have been very active in their community, Newsom said, always giving to sports teams and area charities and active in other fundraisers in Channahon and Minooka.
“We’re hoping to get the community involved in this,” Newsom said. “Dave is a very quiet person and a very hard worker who has always given a lot to his community.”
“We would be grateful if you’d consider attending or offering a nontax deductible donation that will help us raise money,” Diedrick said.
For information about these events, visit davetribesroadtorecovery.org or call 815-467-0500.