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Rock for life

Benefit show to raise money for insurance-less man battling cancer

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 4:48 p.m. CDT
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Dustin Fico, 30, has stage 4 melanoma. The band Gypsy Fly will perform a benefit show Friday at Wild Monk in St. Charles to help raise money for Fico’s medical bills.

ST. CHARLES – Alternative rock band Gypsy Fly will put on a benefit show Friday at the Wild Monk in St. Charles to help raise funds for a fan who has cancer and no health insurance.

Dustin Fico, 30, of West Chicago, has stage 4 melanoma which has spread to his lungs and liver. Fico has been following Gypsy Fly since the band formed in the late ’90s.

“He was always a huge fan of the band,” Gypsy Fly frontman Tom Hultsch said. “He used to come to shows all the time when we played in Chicago. We figured we could do something.”

The band is donating 100 percent of its performance fee that night to help Fico. There will also be a donation box at the show that night, with all the donations going to him as well, Hultsch said.

Fico was diagnosed with cancer in August. The cancer has spread rapidly.

“It took all us by surprise,” Hultsch said. “It left us all in shock.”

He hopes the benefit will raise at least $5,000 for Fico’s medical expenses, which have been accumulating. Dustin Fico’s, brother, Jason Fico, is happy that Gypsy Fly wanted to help out.

“It’s not easy to find people to do things like that these days,” he said.

Jason Fico is also a big fan of the band, and considers the members friends as well.

“We grew up in the same neighborhood in Carol Stream,” he said.

The 21 and older show starts at 9 p.m., and admittance is free. Wild Monk is located at 51 S. First St. in downtown St. Charles.

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