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ETX community surprises K-9 officer battling cancer

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DAINGERFIELD, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas community is doing everything they can to support a local police officer who spent the last couple of months battling two types of leukemia.

Amanda Solis is a K9 officer for Daingerfield Police, and was diagnosed with AMC and ALL leukemia in August.

Solis's community has taken bold action to show their support, including a big surprise for her ride home from the hospital.

"My whole community has supported me; it has been unbelievable," said Solis.

It was an escort ride home from officers throughout Morris County that sent her over the edge.

"As we got close to Omaha, I saw the lights in the distance start to come on, and I thought I recognized my sister's car sitting on the side," said Solis.

Several cars pulled off to the shoulder, all paying their respects.

It was her sister, who's a sergeant for Lone Star police, that led the pack to bring Solis home.

"They all started pulling out and I lost it," said Solis. "I started crying. It was absolutely awesome."

Thursday, Solis reunited with a co-worker whom she hasn't seen since she went into the hospital a month ago.

He played a major role in the bold idea to shave their heads for Solis. It was something both men and women participated in.

"It actually started in my front yard, and it grew from there," said Tobias Frazier, an officer with Daingerfield Police. "Officers started to where they were auctioning off their hair for her."

"When I very first started seeing it I bawled. I'm not even going to lie about it," said Solis. "I bawled like a baby because I just didn't expect it."

The community started selling t-shirts that say, "Losing is not an option." They have also had benefit events for Solis. Together, her community has raised $12,000 for her.

"It's an honor for us, for me, for everyone that works here to come together, and do this small gesture for Amanda. It's nothing compared to what she's fighting," said Frazier.

"These people are your family; they are your brothers and sisters in blue," said Solis. "I refuse to leave right now. I'm just not ready."

Solis says she has a chromosome that could cause her cancer to come back if it splits, and she will need to get a bone marrow transplant.

To find out how you can buy a "losing is not an option" shirt to raise money for Solis, click here.

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