Benefit Concert Held To Support ALS Care Of Steve McMichael In Greater Chicago Area
Credit: Team Mongo
Chicago is a city who cares about its legends and the Windy City is doing right by Steve McMichael. The Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Champion and former Four Horsemen has been diagnosed with ALS and former Bears teammate Dan Hampton organized a concert called “Mongopalooza” in order to raise money to help Steve and his family this past Saturday. John Garcia of ABC 7 out of Chicago shared the following:
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (WLS) — A benefit concert was held in Romeoville Saturday night for former Chicago Bears Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Steve “Mongo” McMichael.
He made his way through the crowd, now thanks to a motorized wheelchair, but the crowd parted for McMichael like the Chicago Bear legend he once was.
Former teammate Dan Hampton, whose band included McMichael before his illness, organized the event.
Once a terror on the field, the legendary member of the ’85 Bears and ex-WCW professional wrestler recently revealed in an interview that doctors diagnosed him with ALS earlier this year.
Friends and former teammates have organized numerous fundraisers to help Mongo and his family deal with medical and living expenses as they fight ALS.
“It’s a validation of everything I’ve done in my life for people,” McMichael said. “What you do in your life, you get back tenfold. That’s happening right now.”
“It’s a testament to him as a person and the cause itself. ALS is a terrible thing,” said friend Larry Gress.
After football, Mongo took up professional wrestling, which is why retired pro wrestler Ric “Nature Boy” Flair was among the celebrities coming to Mongo’s aid during this time.
“I think these turnouts like this are an example of the friendship that he afforded everybody else in life,” Flair said. “Great guy.”
Disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich said Mongo was one of the first to call and offer support before he went to prison.
“When I learned that he’d been sick a few weeks ago, maybe a month or two ago, I reached out because I never forgot his kindness to me,” Blagojevich said, “and that’s how I ended up here today.”
Mongo, his wife and 13-year-old daughter said they are grateful for all the support.
“I’m taking it one day at a time,” said McMichael’s wife Misty. “That’s the only way to do it.”
The event, called Mongopalooza, took place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mongo McMichael’s located at 1101 N. Independence Blvd in Romeoville.
It has been noted that there has been unassociated third party frauds trying to make money off of the merchandise to benefit Mongo:
If you would like to purchase and help the cause for Team Mongo, the only official areas in which to do so are as follows: