Sandy Gould believes her son, Jason, would have been thrilled that a fundraiser in his honor, Jason’s Hogfan Party, is in its fifth year supporting leukemia and lymphoma research.
“This is exactly what he would be doing,” she said.
Jason Gould, who grew up in Elburn, died in 2006 at age 36 after developing a viral complication from a bone marrow transplant he needed to survive a second bout of leukemia.
He was arranging a fundraiser for survivors when he died, his mother said.
Since 2009, the nonprofit organization created in his name – Friends of Jason Gould – has hosted Jason’s Hogfan Party as a way to raise money for medical research. About $100,000 has been raised so far, Sandy Gould said.
This year, the event is set for 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. Charles Moose Lodge on Route 38, just west of Randall Road in St. Charles.
The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children 7 to 17 and free for ages 6 and younger.
The Hogfan Party includes a pig roast with all the trimmings, a dessert table, music, a silent auction and raffles.
This year, Blackhawks tickets, an iPad, a bicycle, a 32-inch TV and an American Girl doll are among the prizes.
“It’s just a good family fun night,” Sandy Gould said.
Dr. Rob Baiocchi of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center is the guest of honor.
His research is supported by the event.
Sandy Gould said attendees enjoy hearing Baiocchi’s updates.
“They know every penny they are donating, he is personally overseeing it,” she said.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Hogfan Party, which could use more business sponsors and prize donations, Sandy Gould said. Contact her at email@example.com or 630-554-5764.
Visit www.friendsofjasongould.com for information about the event, the research it supports and Jason Gould.
If you go
What: Jason’s Hogfan Party supporting leukemia and lymphoma research
When: 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19
Where: St. Charles Moose Lodge, 2250 W. Route 38, St. Charles
Cost: $25 for adults, $10 for ages 7 to 17 and free for children 6 and younger