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Community helps raise funds for CCPD officer battling rare cancer

Posted at 10:32 PM, Nov 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 00:56:58-05

Many CCPD officers along with the community came together to show their support for Sr. Officer Robert Pena.

Members with this benefit show that Pena will not have to face this fight alone.

Robert Pena is a military veteran, husband, and father of three.

Pena has also been with the Corpus Christi Police Department for thirteen years but just a few months ago, Pena had to stop working after he was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer that attacks the bone marrow.

His fellow CCPD officers wanted to show their support with a fundraiser at the Corpus Christi Police Officers Association Hall.

“Very overwhelmed, with all the response from the community co-workers and friends and family I can’t thank them enough, for coming out here trying to support me and my family at this time,” says Pena.

This amount of support was also shared on social media.

Roughly nine hundred plates were made and handed out to several folks who stopped by. For treatments, Pena travels to M.D. Anderson in Houston and these donations will help pay for travel and medical expenses.

“Whenever we get the final bills from the hospital that’s what we’re waiting for, we have no idea what they’re going to be, until M.D. Anderson and all the other doctors send in their bills, says Pena.

As of now, Pena feels little body aches. For the last four months, Pena had been completing low-level chemo treatments and is looking into a stem cell transplant early January.

In this benefit, all monetary donations were welcomed and greatly appreciated.

If you would like to help donate with expenses you can do so here.