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Supporters of Evansville detective fighting leukemia sells pork butts

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Hundreds visited Evansville's east side on Saturday for a pork barbecue fundraiser to benefit Evansville Police Detective, Nathan Schroer.

Schroer is battling Leukemia and the Evansville community has strongly backed him and his family ever since he was diagnosed for the second time.

That support was on full display in the parking lot of Family Furniture.

For Detective Schroer, the past 10-years have had their ups and downs.

After beating leukemia nine-years ago, the disease came back.

"He's a tremendous man, a God-fearing man," says Greg Clausheide. "And he's also a preacher at Northwoods Church. "So we felt like we wanted to try to help him and his family out."

In orders to do that, Family Furniture, The Cookin' Dutchmen and the EPD all came together to cook and sell pork butts Friday afternoon.

"We're having a lot of great donations," says Gene Whorl. "People are coming in, throwing in $25, $30 for a barbecue sandwich. So that's the type of people we have in Evansville, and it's awesome."

If you do the math, 200 pork butts at $20 each equals $4,000.

On top of that, SchroerStrong shirts, hats, and wristbands were song, and a pork sandwich accompanied any monetary donation.

"Nathan has three little kids and I think they're all younger than me," says Drake Clausheide. "And it would be pretty sad to see them without a dad."

Schroer and his family are in Houston, TX for his treatment.

While he isn't here to witness fundraiser's in his support first hand, those 14 News spoke with say he's well aware of it.

"We want him to know that we are getting behind him," says Greg Claushide. "And we're gonna say, 'You know what? If you want to fight, Nathan, we're with you. We're gonna fight with you.' That's pretty much where we are."

If you would like to find more information about future SchroerStrong fundraiser's or to donate to the cause, click here.

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