McCannon benefit scheduled for March 14

By on March 6, 2014

SUGAR GROVE—Life for Sugar Grove resident Matt McCannon was normal and healthy up until a few months ago.

McCannon was working and leading life per usual with his wife and three children until he became sick overnight late last year. McCannon had suffered his first multiple sclerosis outbreak, and was soon diagnosed with the autoimmune disease.

With each outbreak, multiple sclerosis becomes increasingly worse and claims more muscle control. McCannon is facing new unexpected physical and financial challenges since his diagnosis. He isn’t able to work, and because of that, McCannon’s employer is discontinuing his insurance unless he is willing to pay the full price.

McCannon’s friends and the Sugar Grove community have committed to helping him during this hard time by hosting a benefit dinner on Friday, March 14, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Pine Room at Bliss Creek Golf Course, 1 Golfview Drive in Sugar Grove.

The event will feature a raffle for two guns, one MMC Armory AR-15 and a Springfield Armory 1911 9MM. A flat-screen TV and a couple of golf outings were also donated for the raffle.

McCannon is well known throughout the Sugar Grove community as a resident who enjoys helping others around him. A life-long resident of the village, McCannon has volunteered his time for community events such as the Sugar Grove Corn Boil, Holiday in the Grove, pancake breakfasts, spaghetti dinners, the remodeling and building project of a handicap ramp at the American Legion, and the planting of flags in the ground at Veteran’s Memorial Park.

“In a nutshell, he has given so much toward the needs of the community, and now it is time for the community to give back to him in his time of need,” said Rick Montalto, a Sugar Grove village trustee.

Dinner tickets for the McCannon fundraiser are available for $20 each at the American Legion in Sugar Grove, BP gas station in Sugar Grove, and also at the door the night of the event. An account has been established for donations for McCannon at Castle Bank, 36 E. Galena Blvd., Sugar Grove.