It was only a couple months ago when 27-year-old Dillon Shotwell of Alton was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Despite the news, friends and family say he is keeping a “good attitude.
“He’s handing it well,” said Stacey Long. “They seem to think they will be able to get it all with chemo.”
Shotwell has been in chemotherapy treatments in South Boston, and he plans to continue treatments for up to six months.
To help continue support for Shotwell and his family, the Alton Hunting Club is hosting a benefit from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Paradise Club in Alton.
Barbecue and chicken plates will be for sale for $10 each, and hotdogs will be sold for $3. There also will be a bake sale.
Lauren Williams, High Rock Ramblers and Matt Boswell will provide entertainment.
Church of God is providing inflatables for children.
A cornhole tournament also will be held. Cost is $20 per team.
An extensive auction will be held featuring items from country music artists Luke Combs and Justin Moore and southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
“I don’t even know what the items are going to be yet, but I was told that I’ll be in for a surprise,” said Long.
Guns, wreaths, barn quilts and quilts also are among the items being auctioned off.
“The support has been amazing already,” said Long. “From day one my phone has been ringing off the hook. It’s really been special.
“There are too many thanks to go around. God has answered prayers through everyone. We have truly felt supported and loved in this community.”