Fundraiser helps former Farmington hockey coach with medical bills

Chris NewtonFormer Farmington High hockey player Christopher Newton received new lungs this past summer, and the hockey community has come together to help cover his medical costs.

Newton played, and also coached Farmington High hockey, while living with cystic fibrosis. In addition to the August surgery at University of Michigan Hospital, he faces a long and expensive road to recovery. Ongoing medical expenses are estimated at $30,000 a year, for the rest of his life.

The nonprofit Hockey Has Heart hosts the November 5 fundraiser, held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Monaghan Banquet Center, 19801 Farmington Rd. in Livonia. The event will include a silent auction, live music, food, a raffle and cash bar.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased in advance at the Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 35500 W. 8 Mile Rd., or visit Tickets will also be available at the door.