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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – On June 24, 39-year-old Ben Fritz received the diagnosis no one wants to hear.
“Ben went to the emergency room, his back hurt and after several tests and blood tests he found that he had stage four colon cancer that spread to his lungs and liver,” said his sister Liza Fritz.
Now the Ocala community has come together and run several fundraising drives, including this one at Charlie Horse. Where there was live music, cornhole and raffles.
Charlie Horse co-owner Chris Welch said it was great to have the community come together.
“To be honest, it’s really inspiring that we have so many donations and so many good things to give away that it is really good for you when a community supports a bad event.”
And everyone is hoping for the best.
“By and large, we all try to take it day after day and pray and wish the best and hope that it gets stronger and hits this thing,” Liza Fritz said.
Ben has already started chemotherapy, and the family says they will run more fundraisers in the future to help pay some of his medical bills.
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