Fundraisers planned for family of burned boy

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— Two fundraisers have been launched for the family of a 9-year-old Bridgeport, Ill., boy, badly burned in an accident at his home Jan. 2.

Dillon May, a student at Bridgeport Grade School, suffered burns over 90 percent of his upper body when his clothes caught fire as he tried to warm himself near a stove after playing in the snow.

Family members said Dillon ran through the house with his clothes on fire before his mother was finally able to stop him and douse the flames.

The son of Mike and Heidi May, he is listed in critical but stable condition at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Ill. Skin graft surgery has already been undertaken. Doctors tell Dillon’s parents to expect their son will remain hospitalized for up to three months.

On Saturday, the Bridgeport Boy Scout Troop is hosting a chili supper fundraiser at the Bridgeport Grade School. The cost of the meal is by donation, with serving 4-7 p.m.

On Monday, the Bridgeport Grade School launched a “Make Change for Dillon May” event, in which students and faculty are being encouraged to drop off their loose change to help the May family. Containers have been stationed outside the school office and in the library.

Donations to help the May family are also being solicited. Anyone wishing to help may send monetary donations to Mike and Heidi May, c/o Frank May (Dillon’s grandfather) Rt. 1, Box 82 A-1, Bridgeport, Ill. 62417.
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