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$45,000 raised for Dubuque marine at hockey game

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DUBUQUE (KWWL)-- Wednesday night, the Dubuque Fighting Saints honored a local marine. Lance Cpl. Chris Billmyer lost both his legs to an improvised explosive in Afghanistan last month. Hundreds of fans turned out to cheer on the Saints and raise money for Billmyer's recovery.

On the night before Thanksgiving. "We live in the United States, we're free," Uncle Jeff Billmyer said.

A sold out crowd cheers on the Dubuque Fighting Saints. While supporting Dubuque native, Lance Cpl. Christopher Billmyer.

"It's the night before Thanksgiving we're all very thankful that everyone's home to support him," said friend Derek Giese.

"Everyone is back home for Thanksgiving and as much as we want to see him, we're just thankful that he is recovering and he is getting well," friend Erin McDonald said.

"It is amazing to see everyone here, so close tonight for such a good cause," said another friend.

Three dollars from every ticket sold, goes to the Billmyer family. But it didn't stop there, a group sold T-shirts, bracelets, and held a live auction to raise money to help reach a $10,000 goal. But they ended up raising more than $45,000.

And while the Saints battle it out on the ice. Lance Cpl. Billmyer continues to battle in the hospital with his parents by his side

"His new mission is to get well and get walking," said Billmyer's dad over a speaker.

And on Thanksgiving eve, every one here is thankful for support, from a community that comes together in times like this.

Billmyer's parents are currently with him in Bethesda, Maryland, where he continues to recover. There are several more fundraiser's set later this year and early next year to help the Billmyer's. His family says they can't wait till he returns home.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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