Indianapolis—Detective Cameron Brosseau has been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing treatments to prolong his life.
"He's a member of the IMPD family and a member of the criminal investigation team.....," says Lt. Kevin Kelly, before he tears up.
For Kelly and his co-workers, not only is Cameron part of the Criminal Investigations Division, he's family.
"Just a great guy. An outstanding guy. A gentle giant."
Cameron played professional football in Canada, worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections, spent the past eight years fighting crime in Indianapolis, and the last five celebrating the fact that he's cancer free.
"He fought the first round and he won the first round," remembers Kelly.
But earlier this year, Cameron started complaining of lower back pain, and nausea. Tests confirmed the worst.
"They detected cancer in his pancreas and on his liver and various parts of his body," Kelly reveals.
His prognosis is grim, but friends say it hasn't and won't take this fighter down.
"Cameron is an athlete and he's a winner and he's going to fight this thing and he's going to win and he's going to be a survivor."
A survivor who hopes to return to his work highlighted by the Indianapolis-based reality show "the Shift." A survivor who hopes to watch his 11-year-old daughter and four-year-old son grown up -- and to grow old with his wife Michelle. A survivor who will continue to fight for as long and as hard as it takes, but he can't do it alone.
"This is round two and he's going to fight and win and prevail and be a champion," says Kelly.
A fundraiser for Cameron will be held tomorrow at Bishop Chatard High School (5885 Crittenden Ave) at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A spaghetti dinner will be served, followed by a silent auction.
The items to be offered at the silent auction include footballs autographed by current and former members of the Indianapolis Colts including Payton Manning and Reggie Wayne; two tickets to the Indianapolis Colts- Kansas City Chiefs football game on Oct. 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium; autographs from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton; a basketball autographed by Butler University basketball coach Brad Stevens; and gift certificates for St. Elmo Steak House and Harry & Izzys
The money raised will help pay for Brosseau's medical expenses and set up education funds for his children.
Anyone who wants to make a donation to the charity effort for Brosseau can send a donation, mentioning Brosseau, to the Professional Police Officers Credit Union, 1502 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46201.