QUITMAN, TX (KLTV) - Doctors diagnosed Wood County Deputy Shannon Love with Hodgkins-Lymphoma cancer. Community members have now stepped up to help and are now doing what they're calling a fight for Love.
Love says he wasn't planning on much of a turnout, Saturday.
"I was expecting a couple people from the sheriff's department to show up and just visit for a minute," said Love. More than a few people turned out, however, showing their support for Love's fight with Hodgkins-Lymphoma cancer, a true surprise for Love.
"Ah, it's great," said Love. "I was really surprised everybody turned out, as many people as turned out. A lot of my family is here that I haven't seen in a while, so that's nice, so I'm going to have a chance to go visit with them." The Wood County Sheriff's office organized the benefit, offering a silent auction, food from the grill, and aptly named fighting for Love merchandise. Every dollar spent will go towards Shannon's chemo treatments, averaging more than fifteen thousand dollars a month, expensive but effective.
"I feel bad for a couple days, then I feel good for the rest of, so it's actually helping a lot already," said Love. Close to 150 motorcyclists showed their support for their fellow rider, offering Love an alternative treatment on the back of his Harley.
"A little bit of therapy, yeah it's good to get away from everything for a little while, and I don't get to ride as long as I'd like to, but at least I'm able to ride," said Love. A ride Love looks to do for years to come.
While more than $4,000 was raised in today's benefit, Love's medical costs continue to accumulate. If you would like to help, a fund is set up at City National Bank in Quitman under Shannon Love's name.