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Hastings Fire union holds fundraiser event for ‘Lily Strong’

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 11:01 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings Fire union members held a fundraiser for their crew member, Chase Boeselager and his family after finding out some heartbreaking news about his five-year-old daughter, Lily. The union banded together in their inaugural ‘Stache Bash’ Friday evening, where they were able to raise money and awareness to benefit ‘Lily Strong.’

“Once we found out lily was diagnosed with Leukemia our main goal was to help support the family by doing any kind of fundraiser we could think of. Captain Henry had this idea in his head for quite awhile and we just decided it was a good time to implement it,” said Tom Treffer, president of Union 675.

Lily was diagnosed with cancer on September 17th and not long after, Captain Jason Henry suggested all of the fire union members grow out their mustaches to show their support.

“It’s just kind of a fun thing to do, especially when you see guys who don’t normally have mustaches — we just have a little fun with it,” Henry said. “Then, by putting a bounty on it, it’s just a way to get people in to come see it, come see us and, you know, raise money for a good cause.”

Stache Bash was held at the First Street Brewing Company, Where people were able to contribute to the fundraiser and see the fire crew’s mustaches.

Treffer said majority of the firefighters grew out their mustaches for the cause.

Prior to the event around $7,500 was raised for the fundraiser through Facebook alone.

Henry noted, they planned on growing out their mustaches in support of another cause in the years to come.

“Whether it be the same charity or rotate through charities just as a way to help the community you know, we’re all public servants and we see everybody usually at their worst day so, this is a good time that we can get out and they can come and see us have some fun, everybody can enjoy themselves and donate to a great cause, " Henry said.

The Hastings Fire union members noted they were grateful for all of the support the community had shown for the Boeselagers.

As of Monday, it was determined through a bone marrow biopsy that Lily was in remission of Leukemia.

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