Rochelle News-Leader | Sheriff’s office raises money for detective’s wife to fight cancer
OREGON — The Ogle County Sheriff’s Office drew names Friday for a raffle to benefit the family of one of its detectives.
On January 1, 2022, Amber Most, wife of Detective Kevin Most, suddenly fell ill. Over the next two weeks, Amber underwent a series of tests and was eventually diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic cancer.
Amber, Kevin and their 7-year-old daughter, Addi, have a long way to go. The sheriff’s office has launched a raffle to help cover medical expenses. What began as a raffle for three guns earlier this year has grown to include 12 prizes after donations from various county businesses.
The draw was postponed until Friday after originally scheduled for March 1 due to Amber starting another round of treatment on March 1. Ogle County Sheriff Brian VanVickle said he wanted Amber and Kevin to be there for the draw.
The couple drew 12 names and addressed the community and thanked them for their support during a Facebook Live video. Amber expressed her gratitude to those who bought and sold tickets and donated items for the drawing.
“We are so grateful and grateful to everyone who has donated and helped through this,” Amber said. “We also want to thank the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office for being our family. Law enforcement is extremely important to us and we couldn’t do it without them. I want to thank everyone who sold tickets and did this for us. We love them very much and we are very kind.
In a news release Friday, the sheriff’s office called the response to the raffle “overwhelming” and said it demonstrated the kindness and generosity of the citizens of Ogle County and surrounding communities.
The release mentions the following companies that contributed to the raffle: Hub-Remsen Printing in Hillcrest, Mel’s Custom Graphics in Mt. Morris, Rat Worx in Mt. Morris, Tim Ponder, Headon’s Fine Meats in Creston, Turf RX in Stillman Valley , Calhoun Plumbing in Oregon, Patchwork Inn in Oregon, Tease Salon in the Stillman Valley, Bad Ash Cigars in Oregon, Black Rifle Coffee and Goodman Painting.
Car magnets were also made by Mel’s Custom Graphics, with all proceeds going to the Most family. They’re on sale for $10 each at the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office, 202 S. 1st St in Oregon.
VanVickle spoke at the draw on Facebook Live and said he appreciates seeing the support of the Most family from the community.
“We are fortunate to live in the community we live in,” VanVickle said. “Because they really support law enforcement. This is a shining example of not only supporting law enforcement, but also supporting your neighbor, your families and the community.
Kevin thanked the sheriff’s office for organizing the raffle, selling tickets and putting in the labor for it. He said there were also several other police and fire departments who had done similar things for his family. He thanked the companies for donating prizes, magnets and ticket sales.
“You never expect cancer to come your way,” Kevin said. “But I guess I didn’t expect the massive generosity, time and effort that everyone put into this. I just want to thank everyone in our community and many communities in the state of Illinois. The long distance outreach has been nothing short of amazing.