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.