On Your Side brought you the story of 27 year old Nick Schlader and his battle with stage three melanoma. Today, a benefit was held to raise money for his expenses.
Every three weeks, Nick has to go to Los Angeles and receive treatment for his cancer. Each trip costs more than $2000. In an effort to help reduce the stress of financial burdens, the Nampa Police Department, Fire Department, and the community are pitching in.
Nick has been an officer with the NPD for three years. The family man with a wife and three little ones had his world rocked when he found out he had stage three melanoma cancer. He decided to retire from law enforcement to focus on fighting the cancer.
"Life has hit home really hard and it's just something we have to battle through," Nick said.
Nick isn't alone in his battle. His coworkers at the NPD, who call themselves family, have organized fundraisers to help him.
"We’re here to support his fight and we're here to watch him win this battle,” said Carmen Boeger, a dispatcher for NPD.
"Before he's even started paying for the actual cost for his treatment, he's paying $60,000 - $70,000 a year," said Officer Aaron Coleman, a patrol officer and close friend to Nick. Coleman has been leading the charge organizing fundraisers.
Dozens of motorcycles escorted Nick through the countryside this afternoon. He came back to a live and silent auction.
Giving only as Idahoans do, people opened their hearts and their wallets. One person bid $100 for a $50 gift card.
"We live in a great valley,” said Coleman. “We live in a great place. The community we have here is just a large, giving group of people."
A special moment came for Nick today when he was given his gun and badge.
"You never think that a badge or a gun would mean so much, but law enforcement is who I am,” he said, tears rolling down his face. “It's part of me. It's part of my family. To have that given back to me is a huge memento."
Seeing the amount of support people gave to him and his family, Nick could only say one thing: thank you.
You can still donate to Nick’s benefit by going to http://www.gofundme.com/7705rc
Or you can send cash or check made out to “Nick Schlader Benefit” and mail it to the Nampa Police Department at 820 2nd St. S Nampa, ID 83651