'I am a survivor:' Benefit for Racine Police Officer battling cancer
RACINE COUNTY (CBS 58) -- Lina Edwardson is used to being there for others, but today the community returned the favor.
"We're all here to show her that we love her and support her," said Allyson Betker, Edwardson’s cousin.
As a Racine Police Officer, Edwardson is typically in a squad car, patrolling the streets. "I miss being on the road tremendously," she said. "That's what I'm made for, that's what I like to do."
In June, her life took a different route. She was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. To fight it, she has to undergo chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, and radiation.
"I could be standing for half an hour, and feel like I need a nap for two hours, so it just kind of takes a toll," Edwardson said.
She's been missing work for the aggressive treatments. So the community stepped up to help the wife and mother by holding a benefit at Fountain Banquet Hall in Sturtevant to raise money for expenses.
"She's probably one of the strongest people I know," said Jenny Nilo, Edwardson's sister. "She's a honey badger in every way. She'll get through this, we'll all get through this," she cried.
The funds raised will allow Edwardson to focus on fighting the illness, which she intends to do so with a positive attitude.
"I have all of these amazing people, and support around me that don't let me get down for very long, that tell me, I am I fighter, I am a survivor!"
A Gofundme page was created for Edwardson and her family. To donate, visit: https://bit.ly/2mKgce5