Services set for Homewood man who battled brain tumor for 20 years
August 26, 2013 10:32AM
Brian J. Gannon | File photo
Updated: August 26, 2013 10:38AM
Visitation for a Homewood man who battled a rare brain tumor for nearly 20 years will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Funeral Home, 18022 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
Brian J. Gannon, 24, died Friday at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he was known as “The Mayor.” He is the son of James and Jayme Gannon, the former of whom is with the Homewood Police Department, and the community has supported the family throughout Brian’s battle.
Brian’s sister, Bridget Gannon, said Brian was diagnosed with the tumor at age 5. She said the family eventually wants to raise funds for organizations that helped him over the years.
He was a pillar of Operation Snowball at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Illinois State University, and was the Children’s Miracle Network Chicago Miracle Child in 2007 and 2008, according to his obituary at suntimes.com.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church, 17951 Dixie Highway, Homewood. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery near Alsip.
In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting memorials. Call (708) 798-0331.