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Fundraisers being held, community chipping in, as man from Fall River area battling health issues



The Fall River area community is looking to help one of their own in his time of need.

William “Chip” McGrady, a long time Tiverton football coach, Troy City Titans football coach in Fall River, and North Attleboro building commissioner, has been dealing with a heart condition called Ventricular Tachycardia (heart failure) and Sarcoidosis (an inflammatory disease which causes organ inflammation).

In 2010, after multiple visits to the emergency room, his cardiologist recommended that he receive an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). The purpose of the ICD would be to continuously monitor Chip’s heart and deliver electric shocks, when needed, to restore a regular heart rhythm.

Recently, McGrady had been receiving more frequent shocks which is comparable to getting kicked in the chest by a horse. After a trip to Charlton Memorial Hospital, he was immediately sent to Brigham and Women’s ICU in Boston in September.

After a trip back home around Christmas time, Chip’s condition to a turn for the worse and it was determined that he needed a new heart. While he thankfully received his new heart earlier this month, medical bills are piling up and that is where the community has stepped in.

Sunday March 5th from 1pm to 8pm Shorty’s Pub is hosting a Spaghetti Buffet and a full day of live acoustic music from some of the area’s best local musicians including the Khoury Sisters, Mike Ramos, Gillie Rezendes, Billy Leetch, Gary Faria, and Rick Resendes.

Tickets are 25 dollars, and all proceeds go directly to Chip and his family.

Along with a spaghetti buffet and live acoustic entertainment, there will be raffles and silent auctions as prizes have begun to pile in from area business and local restaurants.

There is also a 50/50 raffle and tickets for that are 5 dollars each and available in person at Scottie’s Pub or through Venmo. Venmo Chip’s daughter Megan your name and phone number at Megan-McGrady-3. If you can’t make it on March 5th and just want to make a cash donation, you can also do that through the Venmo.

Recently added to the list of raffles is a one-hour custom helicopter ride. Chances can be purchased at the pub or through the Venmo.

There is also a GoFundMe fundraiser that has raised $26,000 as of this writing.

Hard copy event tickets are currently available at the pub.

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