Courtney Jade Davis was born Feb. 6, 1991 and grew up in Cloverdale.
In 2003 and 2004, Courtney, a junior high school student organized the first Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. The proceeds benefitted the Cloverdale Family Service and her school. The following year, she was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer and in January 2008 succumbed to the disease. Courtney’s fight and amazing attitude were an inspiration to the entire community.
In 2008, Courtney’s family and the Cloverdale High School where she attended, set up a scholarship in her memory. The Courtney Jade Davis Memorial Scholarships are awarded to seniors that volunteer to help others and animals.
As a fundraising effort for her scholarship, her friends and family decided to carry on the “Pumpkin Patch” in her name.
The Board of Directors of Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch are pleased to announce that as of April 27, 2015 Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch has received non-profit status. Our mission statement now includes aid to local cancer patients.
In 2016, through the generous support of our community, friends and family, Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch was able to gift checks to nine local cancer patients. The recipients were fighting many different cancers (ovarian, eye, brain, lung, prostate, breast, pancreatic, cystic carcinoma, leukemia) in various stages.
This past year, 2017, thanks to those attending The Tomato Fiesta at The Soil King Garden Center and through the support of Patrick King and Family we received a very generous and much appreciated donation of over $6,000.00. This donation, along with funds from Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch, enabled us to provide gifts and monetary assistance of $7,489.31 to eleven local cancer patients.
Anyone who has had to deal with a serious illness, such as cancer, knows that any amount will help and be appreciated. Courtney’s Pumpkin Patch and Patrick King received many thankful letters and phone calls. What we know, though, from our own experience and what was expressed to us from others is what is appreciated just as much or more “knowing someone cares”.