The 2014 flu epidemic is an equal-opportunity killer, taking young, old, the sick and the healthy, including a father of seven.   

"When I came back, he was already sedated so we never got to say anything to him."

The anguished words of Tanisha Burns talking about her husband Leon, the father of her seven children.  

Leon Burns came down with the flu for about a week. By the time he was taken to the hospital, she tells News10 his condition was rapidly deterioriating.  

"His lungs was going, his kidneys failed, they tried to do dialysis on him-- that didn't work, his breathing started going," Tanisha Burns said. 

Doctors put Leon into a coma, but he never recovered and died two weeks later.

Leon Burns, 38,  died of the H1N1 flu. He didn't get a flu shot.

Now the family is struggling to deal with the loss of their beloved father and husband.  

A fundraiser is being held in Leon Burns' name over the weekend. Friends in the dance community have put together several dance workshops:

  • Friday, Feb. 7: Step 1 Dance and Fitness at 1920 T Street, Sacramento from 7:30 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 8: Leighton Dance Project at 717-5 East Bidwill Street, Folsom from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 10: Chapkis Dance at 309 Main Street, Suisun City from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Cost is $7 for one class; $10 for two classes or $20 for all three days.