Roger Egan Sr., a lifelong Marshfield resident and grandfather of five, spent a little more than a month in the hospital due to swelling of the brain which was caused by a potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness called Eastern Equine Encephalitis. He is now recovering at Spaulding Rehabilitation in Boston.
“He seems to be doing much better and he may come home within three weeks or so but he’ll need a lot of rehab at home where his wife will be helping him full-time,” says Linda Melville
Melville is a very close family friend of the Egan’s and is organizing a benefit that will feature a slew of raffles with prizes that include salon packages and Patriots tickets. They also have 80 Boston area restaurant gift cards to giveaway.
All donations will go towards the Marshfield man’s medical bills and other costs that his family has incurred. But Melville says donations will also go towards a fund that will help a future EEE victim, “Hopefully next year this won’t happen again but they’re going to put some money away. If it happens to another family, there’ll be some funds there if they’re missing work, driving in and out of [Boston], parking, things like that.”
Between 300-400 people are expected to attend the benefit which is set for Friday, November 16th at the Venus II in Marshfield.
Donations in Roger Egan Sr.’s name are also being accepted at any Citizens Bank.
Seven Massachusetts residents have been diagnosed this year with EEE.