WDAY: The News Leader

Published January 07, 2012, 10:30 PM

People in Grand Forks Raise Money for a Bartender Battling Cancer

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Muddy Rivers hosted the benefit... to help one of its own.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Muddy Rivers hosted the benefit... to help one of its own.

Cathy Chisholm/ Ben's Mother: This is a wonderful night of celebration because my son will have a long, healthy, happy life.

Her son, Ben Chisholm, was struck with shock when he went in to Altru last summer for a lump on his neck. He left with stage 4 lymphoma.

Ben Chisholm/ Battled Lymphoma: I really thought I was invincible. To get that news, not knowing too much about lymphoma other than that it's cancer... I lost my mind for a short time.

Lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancer in the country, affecting more than 6 hundred thousand people every year. Ben endured aggressive inpatient chemotherapy for 6 weeks. He now has a clean bill of health.

Andy Tellman/ Ben's Brother-in-Law: His hair's starting to grow back so he's happy about that.

But a large bill for treatment. That's where tonight comes in. A benefit for Ben.

Ben: It's just a celebration of life.

Along with ticket sales and free will donations, there was a silent auction with items up for sale like this Sioux jersey, signed by the entire 2011-2012 team.

Kathie Johnson/ Ben's Co-Worker: Everybody loves Ben. He's a great guy. He'd do anything for anybody, so we just want to do something for him and give back to him what he gives to others.

You can donate at Gate City Bank.