Retired volunteer firefighter fights cancer without insurance

– Charlie Nieman's Stanchfield show was laughing Monday night as he played with his two Yorkies – Sammy and Scrappy.

"Hunt your tail, hunt the tail, come Sammy hunt your cock!"

As he laughed with his wife and daughter by his side, it was clear that Nieman did not cherish much more on an extremely cold night than with his family.

This may be because for three decades as a volunteer firefighter for the Dalbo Fire Department, Nieman has encountered buildings in flames at all times. At age 64, Nieman is fighting for his life against chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

"I loved the thrill, helping people," he said about what he liked as a firefighter.

A diagnosis of LLC was diagnosed in Nieman in January 2015. He started chemotherapy for his cancer and continued to follow up with his oncologist at Mayo Rochester and take medication at home. In 2016, they discovered a mass in his lung.

In June 2017, the cancer forced him to retire early from his work as a heavy truck carrier.

"He's lost his insurance and he's been really sick since last fall," said his daughter Jennifer Jameston. "He had bouts of pneumonia, bronchitis, weight loss."

Blurring for Nieman to get the treatment he needs, start his daughter a GoFundMe page for his medical care and to allow him to realize his only wish: a family vacation.

"It's my only father, he can not be replaced," she said. "I just want to give him what he always wanted to do for us and that he could not because he was working so hard to keep a roof over our head and take care of my mother."

An Alabama family has already donated a destination.

"We have access to a 12-room cabin, boats and jet skis and we can bring her fishing and give her that vacation," Jennifer said.

Nieman's dream is to drive to a destination and see the beauty and landmarks along the way. Now, it's enough for everyone to be safe there.

"We have to try to find a vehicle that works with his wheelchair. We do not know how long we have with him, "she said. "Between 32 years of work and being a volunteer firefighter, he gave to everyone and we have to give it to him."

Jennifer also organized a performance for Nieman. The show will be held on April 27th from noon at the Chapala Mexican Restaurant in Cambridge, Minnesota. A percentage of all sales of food and alcohol sold that day will be donated to Nieman. For more information, contact or send a message to the "Firefighter Charlie" Facebook page.