Negaunee Eagles hosts spaghetti dinner to benefit Jeff Mager

NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Negaunee Eagles post 1944 hosted a spaghetti benefit dinner Sunday to benefit Jeff Mager.

Mager who was not in attendance due to ongoing chemotherapy is a 55 year-old self-employed single father battling Burkitts Lymphoma.

That's a rare and aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

There were tons of bake sale items, prizes and silent auction items including a Lake Superior fishing trip, Piston's tickets and an autographed Packers football.

Live entertainment was provided free of charge by local group, Country Traditions.

Organizer and Jeff's older brother James Mager says he's impressed with the huge turnout.

"You have any kind of benefit or you need a little bit of help, you ask a couple friends and it's like wildfire. People just want to help. That’s the Yooper way. People help people. We're Yooper strong. It hits you right in the heart,” the elder Mager said.

We're told Jeff has a good prognosis and a positive attitude.

"He does 92 hours of chemo straight and then he's off for three weeks and then he does another 92 hours. He has two more treatments to go and everything working well. It's already gone down and everybody is thinking pretty positive," Mager said.

Money raised Sunday will be used to help Mager with growing hospital bills. Mager must spend five days in the hospital every three weeks as part of his chemotherapy.

Click here to learn more about how you can continue to help Jeff Mager on his road to recovery. You can also call Doreen Shelley at 906-371-0192 for more information on how to donate.