Beer Geeks Across the Globe Donate Cash and Super-Rare Brews to Benefit Florida Man

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Courtesy of Gene Devaney
Boyce's two sons, Ryan and Connor, holding their new twin sisters, Zoe and Amelia.
When Lake Mary resident Gene Devaney started a thread on BeerAdvocate.com last Wednesday, his intention was to merely gather a few hundred bucks in donations to help a friend who recently suffered the tragic loss of his wife. The outpouring of support from the craft beer community in the days following the thread has exceeded anything Devaney could have ever imagined, with forum members as far away as Europe donating portions of their personal stashes to help raise money for his friend.

Dave Boyce and his wife Tabitha were expecting twin baby girls when on June 1st she was admitted to the hospital to deliver the twins via C-section. After taking medication to treat nausea and a severe headache, Tabitha slipped into unconsciousness and never woke up.

Despite nurses' unsuccessful attempts to wake Tabitha, she was rushed into emergency surgery where the C-section was performed, delivering healthy identical twin baby girls, Zoe and Amelia. But sadly, their mother would never be able to hold her newborn twins.

Approaching 36 weeks of pregnancy, Tabitha had experienced only a few complications. But nothing indicated any life-threatening conditions. A CT scan revealed that Tabitha had suffered a stroke. The neurologist who performed surgery on Tabitha was able to clear the bleeding, but a subsequent scan revealed an aneurysm in a deeper area of the brain that was inoperable. Tabitha was soon placed on life support with the hope that she would recover, but never did. Ten days later, Dave made the excruciating decision to remove his wife from life support and Tabitha died on the early morning of June 12.



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flashlight.1293
flashlight.1293

Hey rn16y I am Issac tabithas first kid I would just like to say thank you for everything so far but I do have a question unfortunely I do not know you are or at least don't no the email name I will keep a eye out for a response

rn16y
rn16y

I went as far as emailing every beer maker listed in both articles and links!!! Also the editor of this article!!! SHAME on them all for not even replying Happened to look at MR Dave's pic at the fund raiser sure doesn't look like he is in mourning!!!! Maybe enjoying the donated beers a lil too much??? JUST SAYING worth a peek!!!!!

kblackford1
kblackford1

He doesn't even mention Issac or Olivia.  I see Issac on a regular bases and he is very curious, sensitive, bright, caring young man.  This whole thing is gut wrenching. I'm shaking my finger at you Dave Boyce.  Looks like you need to step up to the plate.  Just sayin!

johnsontowing
johnsontowing

Mr. Dave for got to mention Tabitha first born son, who has been through so much and was left nothing from his mom, who he loved so much, and Mr. Dave will not allow him to even visit with his twin sisters, this breaks Issacs heart but that's what Dave wants so that's the way things are, Issac has nothing but heartache,with out a mother or Father he now lives with Grandparents, it seems to me he lost everything and has nothing !!!!!

rn16y
rn16y

I agree with Katie... you have made no mention of her two other natural children Issac and Olivia!!!! These kids have lost their mother also and were torn away from the only family members they had!!!! Issac and Olivia were very close at one time and now don't even see each other. They were happy kids, inseparable. I cant imagine how they are coping with the loss not only of their mother but of each other!!!! Their mom died on the 12th of June and by the 15th they were separated from each other. I hope everyone can reach out and show these two children the same compassion!!!!!

katie31376
katie31376

Although it is very sad what happened to Tabitha, she also had two older children who went to live with their fathers in different states. Neither of her two older children are allowed to have contact with their new baby sisters because Mr. Boyce has refused . So as sad as the situation is the children should always come first. Sad that my nephew only gets to see what his sisters look like through this article.

bigggened
bigggened

Thank you very much for the kind story and for anyone that donates!!!

rn16y
rn16y

@bigggened hope you can remember her other two children also!!! Issac and Olivia!!!

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