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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 19:58

Hundreds of people attend fundraiser for Port cop Gary Belzer, chipping in more than $30,000 to help him as he fights rare disease

    The crowd was shoulder-to-shoulder at The Patio in Port Washington Jan. 27 when a benefit for police officer Gary Belzer took place.
    An estimated 600 people attended the event, which raised more than $30,000 for the Port native who is suffering from non-alcoholic cirrhosis hepatitis, aka NASH. The disease has destroyed roughly three-quarters of Belzer’s liver and put him on the transplant list.
    “It was really nice to see everyone turn out,” Belzer’s sister Marie Belzer said last week. “It meant a lot to Gary and to us.”
GUY LG    The fundraiser wasn’t the only event held that day in Belzer’s name.
    A Red Cross blood drive that morning brought in 52 units of blood —far exceeding the goal of 31 units — which will help save 156 lives, Marie Belzer said.
    Gary Belzer attended both events, even though he had undergone surgery a week earlier to repair a hernia — a complication of NASH.
    The day after the fundraiser, he was back at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, his sister said. A blood clot that formed above his liver, a complication of the surgery, was causing him pain.
    “His spirits are good. It’s just another bump in the journey of life and this, too, shall pass,” she said.
    Several other fundraisers for Belzer are planned.
    Students from Port High’s United for Youth group will hold a 50-50 raffle and minute challenge during the home basketball games Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 22.
    The Port Gridiron Club will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Tickets can be purchased from club members.
    Donations to the Belzer Family Benevolent Fund can also be made directly at Port Washington State Bank.
    All money raised will go to pay for Belzer’s medical bills.
    Any funds that aren’t used by Belzer will be donated to another family in need.   

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