An event this Saturday loolks to raise funds to assist a local business owner with medical and other expenses incurred during his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Rolin “Rocky” Killion is the owner of Killion’s Auto Service in Okawville. Rocky was diagnosed in January with ALS, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”. The 66 year old spent several months of doctor visits and tests before being diagnosed with ALS. There is no known cure for the disease.
He is currently receiving a series of infusions to try to help slow the progression of ALS, which for him began with slurred speech and difficulty swallowing. Other symptoms have also started to have an effect, such as difficulty breathing and weakening of other muscles. He still works when he’s not at appointments and if he’s feeling well enough, although now he mostly sticks to the office work.
Rocky opened Killion’s Auto Service in 1982, and his sons Bryon and Eric now work with him at the business. Rocky and his wife Kathy have five children and six grandchildren.
Sponsored by the Addieville Jaycees, the Rockin’ For Rocky benefit will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 24, at the Addieville Community Club. It begins with a Racin’ For Rocky 5K and Fun Run.
A kickball tournament is set for 10 a.m. along with a bags tournament.
Other activities during the fundraiser include a silent auction at 7 p.m., a live auction at 8:30 p.m.
A chicken and beer benefit will proceed. Tickets are $25, and children younger than 10 years old are admitted for free. There will be free bounce activities for children as well.
Live music begins at 4 p.m. According to the Facebook event page, the bands lined up for the evening include The Rendition bringing polka to the masses from 4 to 6 p.m. and Hot Rod Johnny Band will rock the benefit until the close.