DENVER (KDVR) — A Denver police officer who was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer this year had a very special Christmas, thanks to her law enforcement family and a local business that gave her peace of mind.
Georgia Cameron became a Denver police officer four years ago to help others, not knowing she would be the one who needed help. In March she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I had chemotherapy for five months. I have had a total of three surgeries. I have my double mastectomy the day after tomorrow. It’s just hard being a single parent trying to sort everything out,” said Cameron.
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Her law enforcement family stepped in to make this Christmas extra special. Her colleagues adopted Cameron and her family for the holidays. Jessica Seib helped coordinate everything.
“It was a team effort. Their wish list was so basic and heartbreaking. Georgia wants a new armchair to sleep in after her next two surgeries because hers is breaking down. The Denver Police Officers Foundation took care of that. We ordered all the clothes for her kids and some extra toys,” Seib said.
They brought the gifts in style, with a parade of patrol cars, motorcycles and a fire engine.
“We actually had our own Christmas parade,” said Cameron.
She said her children were learning about the spirit of giving.
“They gave us food, gifts, supplies, snow boots, I mean little things, but they were really important. It was amazing,” she said.
The only other thing on her wish list was new tires for her mother, who drives her three children to and from school while she recovers.
“They reached out and had it sorted out within hours as far as I know,” said Cameron.
The FOX31 troubleshooters reached out to Big O Tires to help.
“When we were contacted and read what was going on, it was an immediate ‘yes’ for us. We read it and knew it was the right time of year and the right choice for the right person. We are very proud to be involved,” said Matt Story, owner of the Big O Tires store.
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They replaced the worn tires on her mother’s car Monday morning.
“I’m really glad it hasn’t snowed much this year. These really wouldn’t be the safest tires for her and the kids to drive on, so we’re excited to be able to help and make that improvement to the car,” Story said.
“Tyres are one of those adult things that you know you need to replace, but you never really budget for, which you should. You definitely need them,” said Cameron.
“I’m so used to being a helper, I’m so overwhelmed with the amount of help we get. It’s been so phenomenal. I am so grateful. I feel so blessed. Not just my police family, not just the first responder family, but really everyone in the community came together to help us. I can’t think of a better Christmas miracle than that,” Cameron added.
It’s a busy time of year for Big O Tires, with everyone getting ready for the approaching snow, but they say they’re proud to help officers like Cameron serve and protect the community.
“I have heard that they are big supporters of ours. They will have my business for the rest of my life. I am so grateful for what they have done for us,” said Cameron.
Cameron wants to encourage others to do monthly breast exams.
“You never know. I was 39, no family history. It can happen to anyone,” she says.
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