A community is rallying around a Gallatin police officer who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.
In May, Officer Kevin Thomas was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, commonly referred to as GBM, after trying to work through what he thought was a migraine.
“I called my wife and said you may have to come get me from work, this is a terrible migraine I'm having,” Thomas recalled.
Wife Lois added, “When I got his phone call I knew by the sound of his voice that it was something serious.”
Officer Thomas was rushed to Skyline Medical Center where doctors removed a plum sized tumor from his brain.
“To hear that, [it's] malignant brain cancer stage 4, and it's the fastest growing kind, it's pretty scary,” he said.
After successfully undergoing the operation, Thomas now faces months of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
In an effort to raise money for Thomas' medical bill which are near $100,000, his fellow officers have planned several fundraising events.
The first, a pancake breakfast is scheduled to be held on Saturday, June 23 at the Gallatin City Hall, while a golf fundraiser is in the works for Friday, June 29 at Long Hollow Golf Course.
“The thing that's gotten us through this is our community. They've been awesome,” Lois Thomas said.
The Thomas family said they have received hundreds of cards from friends, neighbors and complete strangers.
Kevin Thomas told Nashville's News 2 he is grateful for the support.
“When we get through this, we'll have a new understanding for helping others, that's for sure,” he said
Officer Thomas remains on medical leave while he undergoes treatment.
Thomas has been a law enforcement officer for more than a decade and has worked with the Gallatin Police Department for the last two years.
A fund has been set up at Regions Bank to help the Thomas family with medical costs. Donations to the Kevin Thomas Fund can be made at any branch.
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