Benefit planned for Megan O’Connor Jan. 25

Benefit planned for Megan O'Connor Jan. 25
Megan O'Connor has been diagonosed with gastric cancer and has recently had surgery to remove cancer from her abdomen. It is a very aggressive cancer, but her hopes are high and she is fighting everything that is thrown her way.

A fund has been set up for Megan and her family at First Premier Bank, Megan O'Connor Benefit Fund, 3401 S. Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104.

A benefit dinner, auction and dance will also be held at the Eagles Club in Vermillion on Friday, Jan. 25. Dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Megan was admitted to the hospital in early December when doctors discovered she had several blood clots. After treatment, she was sent home to recover, but was readmitted to the hospital Dec. 22 because she was suffering pain.

Doctors discovered Megan's cancer during exploratory surgery. Her family is relieved to finally have received some answers, but they know that this is the beginning of a long journey of treatment.

People interested in monitoring Megan's progress and sending her messages may do so by logging on to and typing in meganoconnor.

Megan is a 1999 graduate of Vermillion High School and a 2003 graduate of The University of South Dakota. She is currently a well-known kindergarten teacher in the Harrisburg School District. She has touched many lives and will continue to do so.

Megan's husband, Ryan, and their 2-year-old daughter, Ella, are fighting right along her side. Megan, Ryan and Ella also have the support of Megan's parents, Lauren and John Tolsma, and Ryan's parents, Dan and Dot O'Connor.

Megan is a fighter who will never quit. Her dreams are big and her hopes are high.

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