Help a Cop beat Cancer

$21,786 of $22,500 goal

Raised by 540 people in 19 months
Hi, my name is Jeff and my big brother Joel is a Los Angeles police sergeant. I'm writing to ask for your help, because he never would. In fact, he's used his very popular social media platform (@la_5_o on Instagram) to raise funds for others during his own time of need. That's just the kind of person he is.

On September 9, 2016 my brother was diagnosed with Stage 4a, metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of a cervical lymph node with a tonsillar primary origin. It's serious cancer, but thankfully, at this time, it's treatable.

Tomorrow Joel starts a course of weekly chemotherapy in conjunction with daily radiation treatments. The treatment will be intense, take a severe toll upon his body and will likely keep him from working for eight months or longer.

He has already nearly depleted his sick bank at work and soon will be left without a full, weekly paycheck (and possibly, eventually no paycheck) during the holiday season.

My brother has served the public for nearly 21 years. He constantly puts his life in danger in the service of others. Now, his life is in danger again, but this time, we can help.

If you know him, work with him, if you are his friend, a family member, a citizen in the community he serves, if you are a peer police officer somewhere in this country, if you've ever been touched by his intelligent or heartfelt social media postings or if you simply support the Thin Blue Line, I'm very humbly asking you to donate to this GoFundMe page.

Donations will help ease the lack of income he will experience during his treatment, ensure that his bills continue to be paid and that his two childrens' lives won't be negatively impacted financially while their dad, and my brother, fights his battle against cancer. Not having to worry about financial issues will allow him to focus his power solely upon winning the fight he's in.

Thank you very much for your consideration and God bless.
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Hi everybody! We did it, we hit our goal! Wow, thank you! I'm so impressed by the kindness of strangers and my brother is touched.

Let's keep it going! Please.

Joel starts his 5th week of treatment tomorrow (out of 7 total). He's hanging in, he's lost 22 pounds so far. He's lost his sense of taste completely and has the sorest throat imaginable. Even sipping water is very painful.

But he and the Drs are hopeful it's working! After a scary "tumor flare" about 10 days ago, the tumor is currently at its smallest size ever. The Drs feel like the cancer in the tumor might've died so suddenly, that it caused a lot of necrotic debris and fluid in the tumor, which caused the flare.

Staying strong! Again, thank you all so much for your support. Happy Holidays!
His Tomotherapy treatment machine.
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Hi friends.

Today I finished my third week of treatment. I can't lie - it was an ass-kicker. I sort-of sailed through the first two weeks, but this week was a different story entirely.

The radiation is taking a steep toll on my mouth and throat, to a point where it's excruciating just to swallow. I've dropped about 13 pounds.

Two things make it easier: the fact that the treatments, so far, are apparently working, and secondly, the kindness of all you.

Thank you for your support, it really does help and pick me up. God bless :)

-Joel
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Over 75% there after 5 days! You guys are AWESOME.

Please please share this page on your social media if you can! It gets the word out!

Joel finished his first week of treatment. He sailed through most of it, but the chemo hit him fairly hard the past two days. He's doing better though. He rests this weekend and has chemo and a full week of radiation starting on Monday.

Happy Halloween everybody!

-Jeff
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Hey everybody, wow, THANK YOU, we've raised over halfway to our goal in basically just the first day! Amazing. Joel has started his treatment and is beyond touched. He wants to reach out to everyone individually and say thanks, and in time I'm certain he will.

DONT STOP NOW. Please, repost and/or share this page on your social media. You're truly helping out one of the GOOD GUYS.

Thank you and God bless :)
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Karen Power
17 months ago

Joel you got this!! I've been through stage three, on the edge of stage 4, cancer. You have so much to live for! I am praying for you from out here in Texas! I understand losing your tastebuds, however they eventually comeback! And your sor sore throats and drinking water.. I get it.. it all gets better. I promise! You are doing so well and we are all so proud of you! God Bless you and your family. Thank you for all you do on the LAPD force.. praying for you and thinking about you you from DFW

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Ilene Karpman
18 months ago

Jeff, Thank you for notifying all of us about your brother. I do not know him, but am glad I can help him. I will keep him in my heart and send him my best wishes.

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Chuck MacWilliam
18 months ago

Hi Joel, Sorry about the pain you're going through. I hope things get better for you soon and that you'll be back in the swing of things in no time. Get well soon, brother!

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JC
Justin Carlson
18 months ago

Hang in there, Sarg! You're a true inspiration to us all.

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Chuck MacWilliam
19 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you , brother! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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Bob Maddox
19 months ago

Sorry to hear about Joel. Do not rule out applying for Social Security Disability. I always heard it was a pain to get. And then a Doctor's Office made the contacts for me and within two months I had full Social Security Benefits during my Disability that kept me from working. Wisking all the Best to you.

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$10
Anwar Neal
14 months ago

God Speed to the entire family

JT
$50
Julie Thomas
16 months ago

Praying for you, Joel!

MS
$10
Monte Sarukhanyan
16 months ago

God Bless u on this journey ur in my prayers

OC
$15
Omar Castaneda
16 months ago

Stay strong brother

$25
Robert Dorado
17 months ago

God bless you always !!!!

$25
Anonymous
17 months ago
Karen Power
17 months ago

Joel you got this!! I've been through stage three, on the edge of stage 4, cancer. You have so much to live for! I am praying for you from out here in Texas! I understand losing your tastebuds, however they eventually comeback! And your sor sore throats and drinking water.. I get it.. it all gets better. I promise! You are doing so well and we are all so proud of you! God Bless you and your family. Thank you for all you do on the LAPD force.. praying for you and thinking about you you from DFW

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Ilene Karpman
18 months ago

Jeff, Thank you for notifying all of us about your brother. I do not know him, but am glad I can help him. I will keep him in my heart and send him my best wishes.

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Chuck MacWilliam
18 months ago

Hi Joel, Sorry about the pain you're going through. I hope things get better for you soon and that you'll be back in the swing of things in no time. Get well soon, brother!

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JC
Justin Carlson
18 months ago

Hang in there, Sarg! You're a true inspiration to us all.

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Chuck MacWilliam
19 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you , brother! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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Bob Maddox
19 months ago

Sorry to hear about Joel. Do not rule out applying for Social Security Disability. I always heard it was a pain to get. And then a Doctor's Office made the contacts for me and within two months I had full Social Security Benefits during my Disability that kept me from working. Wisking all the Best to you.

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