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OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Firefighters are used to putting on fundraisers, but in Old Orchard Beach, the cause has never felt so personal.

Lt. Kris Fish has been on a leave of absence for a year, fighting sarcoidosis, an autoimmune disease that limited his mobility and made him susceptible to other illnesses.

He has been traveling to Massachusetts for treatment, and his department has been raising funds to help defray medical and travel costs.

Their next fundraiser is Saturday, May 3. It's a silent auction and dance at the Captains Galley in Old Orchard Beach, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $10 and available at the fire house and at the door. For more information, call 205-5177.

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