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Law enforcement agencies show support for coworker fighting cancer

Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 6:28 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - In Grand Island, law enforcement officers turned out in force to show support for one of their own who is dealing with a cancer diagnosis.

Mary Waskowiak has worked for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Island Police Department for 15 years. She had already beaten stage 3 colon cancer years prior when she unfortunately found it had returned earlier this year. She now has stage 4 that can not be operated on.

She has been working from home and preparing for her chemotherapy. Her friends and coworkers wanted to show they are still supporting her through her journey and brought a parade of friends and patrol cars to ride by her house.

“We’ve been missing her because she’s been taking some time to work at home with the COVID and everything,” Organize Sheri Arnold said. “She’s been missing everyone and she was about ready to be able to come back to work and now she probably won’t be able to.”

Her visitors brought her cards to look at when she feels lonely working from home. They made sure she knew that she has a team behind her as she continues her battle against cancer.

“I think she’s a little bit overwhelmed by all of the support but I think it’s awesome and I think it helps her a lot,” Arnold said. “It gives her strength and I know she appreciates it so much.”

Mary said the people with the law enforcement offices have been like family to her and their support means everything to her. A Gofundme has been started to help Mary with her treatments and travel expenses.

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