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Sheriff's office rallies around cancer-stricken deputies

Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Mike Ware (www.gofundme) Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff Mike Ware (www.gofundme)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is rallying around their own after two veteran deputies were stricken with cancer.

Deputy Mike Ware learned in the past week he has pancreatic and liver cancer, according to his GoFundMe page.

He expects to begin chemotherapy next week.

"This is devastating news to all who know and love Mike. There is not a soul in our organization that could speak ill of Mike Ware," wrote Corporal Haynes on the webpage Thursday.

Already, $6,460 has been raised toward a $10,000 goal. Proceeds will help the deputy and father of four with medical bills and related expenses.

The sheriff's office is holding a fundraiser for Ware and a second deputy, Tony Kelly, suffering from cancer. It will be held Dec.9 at The Woodlands, 9870 Cilley Rd., Cleves.

Tickets cost $25 each for dinner, draft beer or soda pop. There also will be live music, Bid n' Buy, Split the Pot, Barrel of Cheer and a Silent Auction.

"28 years ago I took an oath to protect the citizens of Hamilton County, during this same oath I made a promise to myself to protect those I work with each and every day," wrote Lt. Rick Neville in a Facebook post about the event. 

"These are two great men who need us now more than ever."

Ware has been recovering from recent back surgery and was due to return to work as an enforcement officer Wednesday.

But stomach pain led to a trip to the emergency room, followed by hospitalization at the James Cancer Center at The Ohio State University Medical Center, according to Haynes.

That's where doctors gave Ware his grim diagnosis. Pancreatic and liver cancer both have low survival rates, according to the American Cancer Society.

"Mike recently was transferred to patrol the Village of Lincoln Heights. Being a veteran of our department for over twenty years, he was excited to work in a beat where he felt like he could make a difference. Mike does. 

"I was honored to be working with Mike when we were dispatched to a shooting when over 100 rounds were fired and four people were shot," Corporal Haynes wrote.

"Mike responded to a residence where two victims were located, secured the scene and aided the victims located there by himself. His conduct was was exceptional and commended. 

"I never have to worry with Mike by my side. Now it's time to give back to my brother, friend and partner off and on for twenty years. Now I worry because Mike is not by my side and I need to step up and help my friend and partner.

"I humbly ask for your help for one of the best partners,, friend, fiancé, dad and all around great human being someone can have.

Mike has a fiancé and four children to take care of. I'm asking for donations to defer medical costs and immediate financial needs that the family may have. 

"It is my hope that Mike has touched enough people in a like manor to help with short term needs that Mike and his family would have."

Kelly, a 21-year veteran who works in the court services division, has been battling cancer for two years, according to Neville.

In 2015, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Mantel Cell Lymphoma. During a recent doctor's visit, he learned his cancer has spread to his lymph nodes, stomach and liver.

"He, like Mike, is a father, friend and a tremendous co-worker to many," Neville wrote.

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