Veteran Milwaukee Police Lt. Sebastian Raclaw passes away after brave battle with rare form of cancer

NOW: Veteran Milwaukee Police Lt. Sebastian Raclaw passes away after brave battle with rare form of cancer

Many of us here at CBS 58 News and our viewers came to know Lt. Sebastian Raclaw for his brave battle against a rare form of cancer.

He defied many of the predictions and lived several years beyond his diagnosis.

Through all of his health struggles, he was always mindful of serving the community. Lt. Raclaw and his family would often campaign for blood donations.

His family also established a research fund in his name: The Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Fund through the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Just this past summer, many CBS 58 viewers answered the call to help his family and turned out for the Krueger Kickball Classic.

The annual fundraiser at O'Brien's Pub was originally for Andy Krueger, a cancer survivor who decided to pay it forward and dedicate proceeds to others battling the illness. The event was well-attended and dubbed the "Rally for Raclaw." Lt. Raclaw's wife was able to attend. and he wanted to be there but had suffered a setback.

Lt. Raclaw passed away this past Saturday.

We extend our condolences to his family and thank Lt. Raclaw for his years of service to the City of Milwaukee.

Andre Krueger and his wife issued the following statement:

"In July, you attended the Krueger Classic to support the Raclaw Family. We are saddened to share with you that our beneficiary, Sebastian Raclaw, passed away from his illness last Saturday. Sebastian's amazing battle with this terrible disease was admirable, to say the least. The Krueger family feels fortunate to have known Sebastian and shared in his strength and determination. Please know that your timely support of the Raclaw family is helping them through a very difficult time. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 17th at 12:00 NOON at ST. ALPHONSUS CATHOLIC CHURCH 6060 W. Loomis Road Greendale. Visitation AT CHURCH from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. Interment Wisconsin Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the Raclaw GoFundMe  or to the Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Fund at The Medical College of Wisconsin. "You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice." God Bless Sebastian and may he rest in peace. Thank you, Andrew and Elizabeth Krueger"

For a link to go fund me account click here

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