My neighbors are the best. Any time an illness or death hits a family, the neighbors festoon the businesses, churches and schools with posters citing an event to bring people together and give that family financial, bit more importantly, spiritual comfort and support.
That south side spirit infected Chicago when Natalie McShane was savagely beaten and bludgeoned into a coma - 19th Ward neighbor and former Cook County Sheriff Mike Sheahan his brother Skinny put out the call and Local 399 International Operating Engineers offered its Hall and Apprenticeship School. It was magnificent.
Now, some neighbors are getting together raise funds for the Stanton's who lost their precious Danny to Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy. I have a friend in Kankakee who nearly lost his daughter to the same affliction twenty years ago. This is a heartbreaking and soul shattering experience. There is nothing to match the anguish of losing a child.
The Southtown Star which is owned by south sider and veteran benefit goer Jim Tyree offers this wonderful story and opportunity to help out some very nice people.
On Oct. 9, the Western Walk pub crawl will benefit the Danny Did Foundation. The pub crawl features stops at four bars in Chicago's Beverly community. The schedule is:
• Noon to 1:30 p.m. McNally's, 11136 S. Western Ave.
• 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Dinger's Sports Bar, 10638 S. Western Ave.
• 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Keegan's Pub, 10618 S. Western Ave.
• 6:30 to 10 p.m. Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western Ave.
Registration is not required for the free event. Raffles will be held throughout the day, including a $5 raffle to win autographed Notre Dam memorabilia.
For information, call Erin Quinn at (630) 220-8236 or visit www.dannydid.org. Monetary donations may be sent to Quinn at 14545 Raneys Lane, Orland Park, IL 60462.
IF YOU GO ...
What: Western Walk Pub Crawl to benefit the Danny Did Foundation
When: Noon to 10 p.m. Oct. 9
Where: McNally's, 11136 S. Western Ave.; Dinger's Sports Bar, 10638 S. Western Ave., Keegan's, Pub, 10618 S. Western Ave.; Cork and Kerry, 10614 S. Western Ave.
Information: Call Erin Quinn at (630) 220-8236 or visit www.dannydid.org
Click my post title for the full and heartbreaking story of the Stanton's loss and their courageous fight to make sense of tragedy.