Friends host benefit for family

2013-04-11T00:00:00Z Friends host benefit for familyBy Times Staff
April 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

VALPARAISO | The Chrisman Family Benefit, to help Troy, Sean, Janine and Rian Chrisman, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Boone Grove High School, 260 S. 500 West.

Cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for children 4 to 11, while children 3 and younger attend free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 99 S. County Line Road, Crown Point. For tickets and information, call (219) 988-3650.

Walk-ins are also welcome.

The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner, basket and gas card and other raffles, and live entertainment.

Donations can also be made to the Chrisman Family Benefit at any Centier Bank location.

The Robert Chrisman family has lived in the Boone Grove area for more than 20 years.

On Mother’s Day, 2008, Janine Chrisman was diagnosed with Stage Three kidney cancer. She had one kidney removed and received chemotherapy and went into remission, but the cancer came back in 2010. She is in remission again, but will need chemotherapy for the rest of her life.

During this time of trial, Robert Chrisman lost his job and, in February, 2012 was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Lupus, which required continuous use of oxygen. He was placed on a lung transplant list, but lost his life last August, leaving his family without life insurance.

His medical bills and the ongoing bills for medications and treatments for Janine have left her and her three children in a financial crisis. Janine works for Porter County government, sons Sean and Troy have part-time jobs, and daughter Rian recently joined the U.S. Army Reserves and hopes that the military can help with her education expenses.

"Their church family from Cross of Christ Lutheran Church near Lakes of the Four Seasons is showing their support through this benefit," said a friend who is helping organize the fundraiser.

"The whole Chrisman family has been very involved at Cross of Christ. Now the surviving Chrisman family needs our help as they continue to battle Janine’s cancer and their growing financial burden."

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