SOUTH ROXANA - South Roxana Mayor TJ Callahan and the South Roxana Police Department have shown a heartwarming display of community solidarity in a fundraising campaign for Wyatt Owens, an 18-year-old area resident battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The South Roxana Police Department has committed to making a donation, setting a precedent for others.

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Wyatt is a beloved high school senior, who has been sidelined from his favorite sport - hockey - because of his chemotherapy and physical challenges, and the treatments have been a huge financial burden for his family.

Mayor Callahan said this is more than just a donation, “It’s a statement of our community’s compassion. The support from the Village of South Roxana is a beacon of hope, inspiring others to contribute to this noble cause.”

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The DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation is at the forefront of the fundraising and has a 3-to-1 match for donations up to $2,500. Mayor Callahan encourages community members to join the upcoming DAWG Nation Winter Classic and other events to raise funds for the cause.

“This is a time for us to bond together for Wyatt and show the strength of our community,” Mayor Callahan said. “Every effort counts in helping Wyatt and his family.”

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