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Schaumburg firefighter loses battle with cancer

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Schaumburg firefighter Mike Solberg died Friday at the age of 34 after a 3½-year battle with brain cancer.

“It is with a heavy heart, we announce the passing of one of our own, Mike Solberg,” the Schaumburg Professional Firefighters Association posted on its Facebook page Friday night. “Mike fought until the end and lived every minute to the fullest. He was not only courageous, but an example of how we should live our life day to day. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this time.”

Schaumburg Fire Chief David Schumann said his department is in mourning and that firefighter honors will be a part of Solberg’s funeral services.

“It’s always difficult when you lose a co-worker and friend,” Schumann said on behalf of the department. “But they’re going to get through it. Firefighters are resilient.”

Solberg, a Park Ridge resident and son of Palatine Councilman Greg Solberg, joined the Schaumburg department on Oct. 12, 2012. Two weeks later, debilitating headaches led him to an emergency room where a CT scan and MRI revealed a brain tumor the size of an orange.

Just days later, he underwent surgery to remove the grade four tumor, an advanced malignancy known as glioblastoma.

The cancer went into remission and Solberg was able to return to the department in full capacity. But the tumors returned last June, moving him to light duty as he went to rehab for occupational and physical therapy.

In December, the colleagues who rallied around him held a benefit for Solberg and his family at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine.

Solberg is survived by his wife Maureen, young daughter Emma, his parents, a brother, two sisters and extended family.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W. Lawrence Ave. in Norridge.

Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home and then proceed to St. Eugene Church, 7598 W. Foster Ave. in Chicago, for Mass at 10 a.m.

Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Road in Hillside.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity for which Solberg dedicated so much time — the Schaumburg Firefighter’s Fighting Cancer Pink Tie Ball, 950 W. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg IL 60194 or

thanks Paul

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Benefit for Schaumburg FF Mike Solberg is today

The benefit for Mike Solberg is today

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Join us Sunday, December 13th between 10 am and 5 pm at Durty Nellie’s in Palatine. 

All proceeds from the event will donated to the Solberg family

$20 donation at he door, includes food and the bands. There will be a cash bar available.

Raffles – Silent Auctions – 50 / 50

Chicago Bears VS Washington Redskins at noon on the TVs

Art Beat Live will be creating a painting or two during halftime of the Bears game that will then be auctioned off live.

There will be two bands playing the event.

Durty Nellie’s – 180 N Smith St, Palatine, IL 60067

The Mosquitos will be playing from 10:30 to 12:00 

Terrapin Flyer will be playing from 3:30 to 5:00 

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Benefit for Schaumburg FF Mike Solberg


As some of you may or may not have heard, Mike Solberg, one of the guys on our department, has been battling brain cancer since he first got sworn in three years ago. Since diagnosed, he has been working shifts, raising his 4 year old daughter, and being one of the greatest guys I know, despite battling stage four brain cancer.  Sadly, in June Mike had to return to Northwestern, and have a second brain surgery, as the cancer had come back and spread with a vengeance. The last surgery left Mike paralyzed on the left side and unable to return to the job he absolutely LOVES.

So, with that being said, we are throwing him a benefit at Dirty Nellies (in Palatine) on December 13th, with hopes of raising enough money to help with medical bills, and help his family for years to come.  He is an amazing guy, with and amazing spirit and family! I hope that you all can forward this email out to all of your guys and gals, send it to friends, fellow firemen or anyone looking to help someone and have a good time!  I have attached the event flyer, but later this week we will also be obtaining 11×17 inch posters to post at fire departments.  However, until then, it would be great of you to forward this to your departments and help us spread the word for Mike.

I have attached the event flyer for more information regarding the event.  Have a great week and please call or email me, anytime with any questions regarding this event. 😉

My best,

Jenna Werdell

Schaumburg FD & NIPSTA Fire Academy instructor

Solberg benefit flyer

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