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Minneapolis restaurant rallies for chef diagnosed with aggressive brain tumor

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A south Minneapolis restaurant has stepped up in a big way for one its chefs following the employee's diagnosis with an aggressive brain tumor, FOX 9 reports.

The Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub donated 100 percent of its proceeds Monday to Jeff Robinson and his wife, Marti, to help them cover the cost of his surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

A sous chef at the restaurant, Robinson suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at work Oct. 19, and was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme by doctors.

The station says Robinson was given only a 5 percent chance of survival after the surgery, but he beat the odds and was speaking within hours.

Robinson, who can no longer work because of the cancer, briefly stopped by the benefit to thank his supporters.

The fundraiser also caught the attention of groups like Minnesota Beer Activists, which helped spread word about the event.

Another Twin Cities business, Action Auto, is hosting a benefit for Robinson on Saturday.

"Please share this event with your friends so we can jam pack our schedule and raise more for his family," the benefit's Facebook page says.

Like the restaurant, Action Auto will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from its fundraising event.

Supporters have also set up a fundraising page for Robinson online at


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