A benefit hamburger supper for Steve Bailey and family is being organized for Friday and will be held in the Mi Familia parking lot, prior to the Early-San Saba football game.

Bailey is a candidate for heart transplant, and though the family has medical insurance, he has not been able to work.

“Steve’s known around here as ‘Mr. Green Jeans,’” said Shawn Russell. “He’s a wonderful guy. He’d be the guy hosting a benefit to help someone else out, and he really is a little shy about accepting help.”

The hamburger supper is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. There’s a $5 charge for the “all the trimmings” meal. Other donations are also being accepted.

Bailey had operated a lawn service and also been a substitute teacher, but his condition is such now that he is unable to work. The funds raised will go toward the family’s support for the next several weeks.

He is scheduled now for an at-least two-week hospital stay following an LVAD procedure on Monday. According to the “Caring Bridge” Web site Bailey’s wife, Mikeana, posts to, Steve had hoped to delay the hospital stay until football season had ended. Son Mitchell Bailey, an Early High School senior, is kicker, and defensive lineman for the Longhorns.

But the procedure cannot be delayed, Mikeana Bailey said.

“Steve will miss the last regular season game (Nov. 9), but we are hoping he’ll be good to go for the first playoff game,” she wrote.

The site address is www.caring

bridge.org/visit/stevebailey .

Of the benefit, Mikeana said, “You just never know what wonderful friends you have until you really need them. Thank you for all the prayers and encouragement we have received.”