DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) – Veteran Daphne Police Officer, Mike Dawson has been diagnosed with ALS and his co-workers have been raising money to help his family pay for medical expenses. The outpouring of support over the last two weeks has been tremendous.
Dawson and his family stopped by the Daphne Police Thursday, September 4, 2014 for a visit. Since being diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in July his life has changed drastically. No longer on active duty, his attention is focused on family and battling this crippling disease.
As with any fight, it’s great to have support in your corner. Dawsom certainly has that. That support started as a raffle and GO-FUND-ME account set up by co-workers with a goal of raising $10,000 to help with medical expenses. What’s happened in the last two weeks is astounding.
“He was so surprised and shocked to see the amount of people from different states…the amount of people he doesn’t even know, scrolling through names of people who have donated. People that don’t even know him and the community pulling together,” said Dawson’s daughter, Amanda Ramos.
Thanks to that outpouring of support, the Go-Fund-Me account is only a few hundred dollars short of the goal, but with other raffles and fundraisers over $10,000 has been raised in the last two weeks.
“I got a couple real good checks yesterday from a local restaurant and a business and that goes toward Mike. I’m just glad to see the community come forward and support our officer,” said Daphne Police Chief, David Carpenter.
The road ahead will be long and costly with medications and medical equipment to help Dawson through his battle. Because of this, the fundraising will continue as long as there is a need.
“We don’t need it to stop. We don’t want it to stop. We want to make people aware of it, you know. It goes straight to him. It doesn’t go to anything else but Mike,” Carpenter said.
The Dawson family is overwhelmed by the showing of support. In just 20 days, nearly 200 people have donated over $9,500 through the online support fund and there are still more fundraising events planned.
“It’s just an outrageous amount of money to have something like this and people that are helping him out, it just makes a big difference to him,” Ramos explained.
Donations are also being accepted directly through the Daphne Public Safety Employees Association.
The next benefit for Officer Mike Dawson will be held at the Daphne United Methodist Church on November 2nd. If you have products or services for a silent auction, donations are being accepted through October 21st.
Contact Rosie Guerrero at (956) 975-5056 or Erica Lazzari Hatfield at (251) 747-3385.
To donate online follow this link: http://www.gofundme.com/Support-4-Officer-Dawson