SAUK RAPIDS -- A longtime Crossroads Shopping Center Santa has been diagnosed with brain cancer. A spaghetti benefit dinner is being held at the Sauk Rapids VFW for Richard Scott tomorrow.

Scott has been Santa to hundreds of children for the last 17 years. He took time away from his job as top elf in 2011 to take care of his wife Mary Scott who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

Scott and his wife are from Sanford, Maine. The trip to Minnesota over the holidays became too difficult for them to make.

Last September Scott was diagnosed with Glioblastoma. His daughter Lisa Fox says he's going through treatment right now and hopes to be the mall Santa again.

Fox says her father has touched many lives over the years.

The benefit is from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Money from the dinner and silent auction will help pay for Scott's medical bills.

A donation account has been set up at Highland Bank in St. Michael.