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Cottonwood officers raising money for colleague battling brain cancer

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PHOENIX — The Cottonwood Police Department is asking the public for donations to fund a crucial surgery for one of their own officers who has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Sgt. Monica Kuhlt, a spokeswoman with the department, told KTAR News 92.3 FM that 25-year-old Officer John Glock was diagnosed with a brain tumor back in July.

Glock has undergone two surgeries already, but one left part of the tumor still attached to his brain.

Because of the result of that surgery, Glock decided to seek the care of the New York-based neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Schulder. Schulder was also behind the removal of Sen. John McCain’s brain tumor this summer.

His most recent surgery occurred on Oct. 30. Kuhlt said that while Glock remains with the department, he has exhausted all his medical leave, as well as the leave donated by fellow employees.

As a result, a GoFundMe page was set up in his name to help raise money to help offset some of his medical costs. The GoFundMe page has raised more than $7,000 of its $16,000 goal, as of Wednesday.

“Anytime an agency encounters something as tragic as this, it impacts the entire police department and the community, so we’re behind him 110 percent. We’re doing what we can to help him along,” Kuhlt said.

“This gentleman is willing to take a bullet for someone, so we’re going to have his back in this situation.”

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