Michiana residents come together for "Chrisapalooza"

He's a man who wakes up every day with the goal of saving someone's life, so Saturday friends and family came together to help save his.

As we told you Friday, 47-year-old Chris Antonucci was diagnosed with stage three colorectal cancer back in August.

Since then, he's had chemotherapy, radiation, surgery and continues to fight.
In hopes to raise money to help with medical bills, firefighters came together to host an event known as "Chrisapalooza".

The New Carlisle Fire Station was packed with friends and family as they all came together to help raise money for Chris.

There was a donation jug at the front door, three different bands as well as a DJ.

They had plenty of food, raffles, wristbands, t-shirts, a corn hole tournament and of course sumo wrestling for those daring enough to get in the ring.

Ultimately, a very fun day, all for a man many say they look up to, respect and love.

“When you get diagnosed, the last thing on your mind is your job, and your job has always been helping people, so when you can have this community come and give back what you have been giving to them for 25 years, is a lot", says New Carlisle Fire Chief, Josh Schweizer.

“It’s tremendous. You know, we are going to have our Firemen’s Ball in about a month so the guys all that did the work today(Saturday) have to do it in a month. And to do that, it kind of it takes their whole weekend so it takes away from their family. So, it’s quite a commitment and it means a great deal to me”, says Antonucci.

If you don't have a chance to stop by, you can still donate to the 'Chief Chris' fund at First Source Bank.


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