MB&D raises $5,000 for Coach Fischbein

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:49

    MONROE-Monroe Bagels and Deli owner Dave Hausman and his wife Sue are devoted Monroe-Woodbury wrestling parents and fans. It's hard to miss their collection of pictures of both former and current wrestlers on the deli's walls. So when they heard that Monroe-Woodbury wrestling coach Steve Fischbein had become ill, they like, many others in the community, wanted to help. Last Sunday, many did just that. When he was a student at Monroe-Woodbury in the early 1980s, Fischbein won a section wrestling championship. In 2000, he earned New York State Coach of the Year honors as Monroe-Woodbury ranked among the state's most well-rounded and respected programs. Now 38, Fischbein has a blood disorder called multiple myeloma. He travels back and forth from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock to Monroe to be with his family and friends, attempting to lead a normal life as best he can. On Sunday, the Hausmans held a fund raiser. They sold 225 dozen bagels and donated $5 from every sale to help Fischbein and his family. When you ordered a dozen, you received 15 instead of 12. "It went really, really, really well," said Sue Hausman. "People were very generous. Many people didn't order bagels but donated money anyway." Then Fischbein showed up. Along with his current and former wrestlers and deli customers everyone hung out with their coach, ate bagels and watched old wrestling videos on a small television outside the store. "It was just a very nice day," Sue Hausman added.