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New Hampshire police officer ‘not expected’ colon cancer diagnosis at 26

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Officer Shawn DePasquale was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer just a few weeks after the accession to the Rollinsford, New Hampshire police.

A 26-year-old police officer in New Hampshire said he “did not expect” to be handed a stage-four cancer diagnosis at his age, that allegedly came soon after the start of a new job.

Rollinsford Officer Shawn DePasquale is a member of the department in December shortly before he unexpectedly learned he had colon cancer, Boston 25 News reported.

“I mean, I’m 26, had not expected to come down with this,” DePasquale said. “You hear you’re on the stage four cancer and everything directly from you.”

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To the necessary treatments, the young officer has reportedly had to make use of unpaid time off because he has not been with the department long.

“The new man on the force, his vacation, his sick time was quite limited,” Chief Bob Ducharme told Boston 25 News, adding that he was “so humbled” by the support of the community, the 26-year-old has received in the wake of his diagnosis.

Apart from the cancer-fighting treatments, DePasquale told the news outlet, “a positive attitude, and a number of strong battles music” is to help him rally, as the disease is moving in the direction of his liver.

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“It is a combination of chemotherapy, I went for five weeks of radiation five days a week, and then the chemotherapy before the surgery, and now the start of the chemotherapy for the liver,” DePasquale said. “A positive attitude, and a number of strong battles music seems to do the trick for me.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help offset some of DePasquale’s medical bills, in addition to a fundraiser and a silent auction, the report said. The GoFundMe page, which was activated in June, has since surpassed its $5,000 goal.

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