Melissa Hitchcock, a 33-year-old single mom living in Channahon and formerly from Morris, had both legs amputated due to a genetic clotting disease called “Factor 5” as well as peripheral artery disease. Her left leg was amputated in March 2012, and her right leg was amputated in November 2012.
Melissa has been in and out of the hospital since the second amputation due to an infection. She is hoping to go to Marionjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheater. She will be fitted with prosthetic legs and learn to walk again — a miracle for Melissa.
Since her last amputation in November, Melissa hasn’t been out of the house because she needs a new wheelchair friendly vehicle. Her family and friends are holding a benefit to raise money to buy her a handicap accessible van and to help with living expenses.
There will be food, drinks, raffles, door prizes and a DJ to dance the night away.
The benefit for Melissa will be held this Saturday, May 4, from 4 p.m. to midnight, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 120 Liberty St., Morris. The price is $15 for adults, children 10 and under eat for free.
Visit Melissa or make a comment at facebook.com/vanformelissabenefit.