New Media Producer: Brad Maglinger
Boonville Country Club opened their golf course, and countless others opened their hearts.
From the golf fees to the food sales, all the money raised at Friday's benefit will not only help Evansville police officer Nathan Schroer pay for mounting medical bills but help him get a stem cell transplant in Houston that could save his life.
"There's only about a 17% chance of finding a match in the national bank of four million people," Schroer explains. He was diagnosed five months ago with acute myloginus leukemia. He's been hospitalized four times, and is still weak from recent chemotherapy. Still, Nathan wanted to make sure he was at the benefit Friday.
"I'm almost embarrassed about how much attention I've received," Schroer says. "I'm kind of sick of hearing about myself to be honest, but it makes me feel really good to know that there are people out there who care and they have no reason to other than that they're just caring people."
"I'm overwhelmed," says Nathan's mother Margery Williams. "I'm overwhelmed by it. People, who just don't have it to give, are giving. Thank you... I don't know what else to say, just thank you.
Margery knows the reality of her son's disease. "It could be fatal, and he could be gone, and I know that," she says.
But Margery also knows her son is a fighter. "A couple weeks ago when he was doing chemo, he would get up and run three miles to his chemo and then go to work," She says. "He pushes himself, and I guess that's why this happened to him, because if it happened to anybody else they'd lay down and die. But Nathan's just not gonna let anything get him."
Friends, family and even strangers all hope it won't be long until Nathan is back full force.
"My dad had colon cancer and they did a golf scramble for him and I played in it. And when Steve asked us to join this I was happy as could be to do it, because they did something for my dad and it really means something to me," family friend Jackie Howard. "I know exactly what they're going through. It's a really hard road."
A road that everyone hopes is a road to recovery.
There are several more events coming up to raise money for Nathan's treatment.
Sunday, there will be a benefit concert at Fast Eddie's in Evansville. Three bands will perform from 7:00pm to midnight. The entire $7 cover will go to Nathan's treatment.
On June 25th, there will be a gospel sing at Northeast Park Baptist on Boeke.
On July 10th, the FOP will hold a big auction at Pat Coslett's furniture.
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