Fundraiser to be held for deputy with brain cancer

One of Humboldt County’s most dedicated law enforcement officers, corporal Rich Schlesiger was recently and unexpectedly diagnosed with a terrible form of brain cancer necessitating emergency surgery in San Francisco. The Humboldt Deputy Sheriffs’ Organization (HDSO) as well as dozens of community members are rallying together to build a Schlesiger Fight Club to help support corporal Schlesiger, his wife and their three children as they face cancer together.

The HDSO is asking for community and business donations for a dinner and silent auction to benefit the Schlesiger family. Auction item donations must be received by April 2. The dinner and auction will be held on Sunday, April 6, at Bear River’s Tish-Non Community Center in Loleta from 4 to 7 p.m.

Corporal Schlesiger has dedicated over 20 years of service to protecting and enhancing public safety. Now, he and his family are dealing with the expense of medical bills, numerous trips to San Francisco for proper medical care, and the uncertainty that comes with a terrible battle with cancer.

If you are unable to donate an auction item or attend the dinner, consider writing a check to the Rich Schlesiger Family account at Redwood Capital Bank. Corporal Schlesiger has given so much to our county, and it is an honor to invite you to be a part of the Schlesiger Fight Club to help Rich and his family in their fight with cancer.

Tickets to the benefit are $20 for adults, or $50 per family and are available at Schafer’s Ace Hardware in Willow Creek, Eureka and Fortuna, Broese’s Uniform’s in Eureka and McKinleyville Ace Hardware.

Monetary donations can also be made to HDSO, P.O. Box 1352, Eureka, Ca. 95502, please notate to Schlesiger Family Fund. For auction item donations please contact George Cavinta at 707-599-6032.

Call 707-822-8084 if you have any questions or need additional information.

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Corporal Rich Schlesiger with his wife, Morgan, and three children Chaz, 11; Cade, 4; and Callee 3.