CONCORD, Ohio -- Captain Mike Palumbo spent 25 years fighting fires in Northeast Ohio. Now, he’s fighting for his life.
Doctors diagnosed him with an aggressive, incurable brain tumor in October. Three brain surgeries later, he and his family stand on faith hoping to get into what could be a life-saving clinical trial. His wife and five children continue to pray for a cure, not taking one second for granted.
“When I wake up in the morning, it’s a blessing each time I look at my wife and kids. Truly, it’s a mindset. A daily fight to keep going forward no matter what you hear from the doctors,” said Palumbo.
Thousands have joined their fight. More than 5,000 shares on Facebook as a matter of fact. It is a massive show of support rising up for a Pub Crawl fundraiser in Willoughby on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
It started with his fellow firefighters. All these years, Mike had their backs rushing into fires to save lives. Now they’ve got his back to save his.
“The support has been overwhelming. Everyone wants to get involved. When you know the Palumbo’s story, there’s no way you can’t get behind it,” said one of the organizers, fellow Willowick firefighter, Nick Heintz.
More than 1,000 tickets sold already and counting for Saturday’s Pub Crawl with ten downtown Willoughby bars involved, more than 60 great prizes including a Disney or Las Vegas vacation and A Luke Bryan concert bus package for 10 people.