Peoria, IL - After losing his battle to cancer, family and friends of a local firefighter will continue with a planned fundraiser in his honor this weekend.
Nick Riordan, a Peoria firefighter, got his diagnosis just 9 months ago.
Through the toughest of times, his family and fire family have stood by his side.
During Nick Riordan's battle with stage four neuroendocrine cancer he was never alone.
His wife Sarah, three children and his other loved ones were always by his side.
"He's in a better place than any of us, so he's here with us," says Sarah Riordan. "He'll be here. He'll be smiling down and probably even drinking a Coors light up in heaven so he'll be here."
"Nick was just, he was one of them guys that he'd give the shirt off his back to anybody," says Josh Martin. "That's not just us saying that. That's literally how the guy was."
When Nick Riordan was carried from his home Tuesday after losing his cancer battle, the respect and love he showed was returned to Riordan and his family.
"We're all hurting," says Nick's wife. "The guys are hurting. I'm hurting. Families hurting. Everyone's hurting. But being together and just really leaning on each other is the best thing I think we can do and it's exactly what Nick would have wanted."
This Saturday (4/7/2018) At the Knights of Columbus hall in Peoria, hundreds of people will show up to honor Nick and support his family.
"We're going to have a live band playing," says Martin. "We're going to have wristbands. We're going to have T-shirt sales going on and of course, all of the proceeds are going right back to the Riordan family."
Nick's co-workers say the brother and sisterhood of a fire department picks each other up.
"In the fire service, we're a brotherhood," says Martin. "You know, when one person is sick. When one person passes away. We're going to have his back. And we're going to help his family."
This Saturday you can join Nick Riordan's fire family in a celebration of his life and to benefit his wife and his young children.
"Any support is beyond appreciated as we navigate through this journey and three young kids and a huge loss left behind," says Sarah.
The fundraiser for the Riordan family is this Saturday from 5 to 9:30 at the Knights of Columbus right here in Peoria.
They'll have live music, a gun raffle, dinner and a cash bar.
Tickets are 15 dollars.
All proceeds go to the Riordan family as they go through this heartbreaking time.
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