By: Cara Carriveau

So much to do in Chicago the weekend of the Fourth Of July. Here’s one more thing to add to that massive list.

There’s a rockin’ benefit at The Double Door this Saturday, July 5. Five bands for only $8 – such a deal! It’s actually a pretty cool mix of bands covering several different music genre’s…melodic, folk, metal…quite the variety. Munroe, David Costa Is Dead, The Chemist vs. The Computer, Facing Winter and Mer will rock all night and there will be a raffle for lots of prizes including many autographed items (STP, Filter, etc) and other great prizes.

Proceeds from this concert benefit the Shannon Sperando Cancer Fund and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Imagine everything is fine in your life then suddenly you have a seizure and discover you have a brain tumor. I’ve never met her but can empathize with such a shocking, serious medical situation happening to a young vibrant woman. No one deserves to go through such an experience and the financial hardship that goes along with it makes it suck that much more. Helping her by going to a fun concert isn’t such a difficult thing to do – it’s an easy and fun way to help.

* Update:

Shannon Rose Sperando-Sales, age 28, a resident of Naperville, IL, formerly of West Chicago, IL, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago after a more than two-year long battle with brain cancer. She was born June 19, 1981 in Winfield, IL.

Shannon passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She never once lost her faith, her sense of humor, or the will to fight. With the support of her loving husband and family, Shannon never refused to stop loving life even in the face of great adversity. Her inner strength never ceased to amaze her family, friends, and health care providers. Her focus was not ever on herself, but rather on how her illness affected her family and others. Her unwavering perseverance, unrelenting spirit, and contagious smile, right up until the end, lit a room, and she literally brought joy to all whose lives she touched. And there were so very many. Selfless and humble, altruistic, and forever compassionate, her beauty transcended the physical realm. Her life and memory will continue to serve as a beacon, a source of inspiration and awe for all who knew her.

Beloved wife of, soul-mate, and best friend to John D. Sales, Jr., devoted daughter of Dennis Sperando of West Chicago and Nancy (nee Hefler) Sperando of Bloomingdale, IL, beloved sister of Randy Pederson and Tarah Sperando, dear granddaughter of Eileen and Richard Kelso and the late Augustine Sperando, Mary Jane and the late Thomas Hefler, cherished daughter-in-law of Sandy and Brian Gay and John Sales, Sr., adored niece, cousin, sister-in-law and friend to many, and loving owner of her cat Salem.

Shannon grew up in West Chicago, was a graduate of West Chicago High School, Class of 1999. She received an Associate’s Degree from the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City in 2005. Shannon was employed by Core Fitness, Iowa City, and most recently by Phonak, LLC, Warrenville, IL. Her hobbies and interests included working out, being outdoors, volunteering, and serving others. Her talents, exuberance for life and vivaciousness were noted by all.

Visitation: Friday, December 18, 3:00-9:00 P.M. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St, Naperville.

Services will begin Saturday, December 19, 10:30 A.M. from the funeral home and will proceed to an 11:00 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 36 N. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

Interment: Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to:
American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA), 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018, 847-827-9910,