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Fundraiser to support South Callaway Fire District member with cancer

by Rochelle Eiselt | December 9, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
Submitted Photo South Callaway Fire Protection District member Cameron Groner. A fundraiser was started to help support Groner who has cancer.

South Callaway Fire Protection District is having a fundraiser in support of one of their members who has cancer.

Lieutenant Cameron Groner, 23, has served the Callaway County community for six years as a member of the South Callaway Fire Protection District.

Groner is need of support from the community and fire department. He was diagnosed with stage three Rhabdomyosacoma earlier this year.

Because the cancer is rare, Groner has been receiving treatment at Shriners Children's Hospital in St. Louis and at the University Medical Center in Columbia.

Captain Josh Lippincott, at South Callaway Fire Department, said Groner started treatments during the third week of November and the radiation has been ongoing.

The treatment Groner is going through includes 39 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. His treatment prevents him from working due to the side effects and the constant travel to the St. Louis area.

He has been in St. Louis for 9 weeks getting daily radiation.

The cancer has been very aggressive and made it difficult for Groner to eat. But throughout it all, Groner has had resilience while in the hospital, he said.

He video calls in to do his training and officer duties, Lippincott said.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to Groner and his wife to help with their expenses.

The winner of the raffle gets a leather fire helmet and can choose the color they want of it.

Tickets are $20 each or three tickets for $50. The drawing will be on Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. The raffle will be held at the Mokane United Methodist Church.

Only 300 tickets will be sold and the winner doesn't have to be present. Raffle tickets are still available.

To get a raffle ticket, contact a member of the South Callaway Fire District department.

A live video will be posted of the drawing on the day of the raffle on South Callaway Fire Protection District's Facebook page.

"We have received a lot of support from the community and we all have appreciated it. Cameron has appreciated it," Lippincott said.

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