By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Dec 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM Photography: Jim Owczarski

The SURG Restuarant Group and owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh have brought together some unique opportunities all to help a friend and military leader with more than 20 years of service. 

Chris "Blazo" Blaszak is a loving father and husband who was diagnosed with stage four Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mandible. Blaszak sent the majority of his military career in the United States Air Force 440th Unit Military Police, retiring as a Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom military hero, after being deployed to Afghanistan.  Prior to his military career, Blaszk was a homicide detective and lieutenant of the Milwaukee Police Department.

Sadly, since August, Chris's cancer has accelerated, which resulted in four 10-hour surgeries.

Today, SURG launched an auction via's ShopLocal marketplace that gives you the opportunity to bid on exclusive "once in a lifetime" experiences with the following sports stars:

All auctions begin today at 11 a.m. and end Saturday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. 

There's also a full site dedicated to Blazo.  The site accepts donations and further details the auctions. 

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.