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April 26, 2013

Donations sought for firefighter with brain cancer

GOSHEN — In about eight weeks, Scott and Stacy Thomas and their 19-month-old daughter Addyson will be welcoming the newest addition to their family — a baby boy.

Friends and family are giving them a baby shower, but this one has a twist. This shower is a multi-community event to not only provide the Thomases with baby supplies but to help them with medical expenses.

Scott, 29, is a Goshen firefighter and paramedic. On Monday, he was diagnosed with Stage 2 brain cancer (astocytoma).

Goshen Professional Firefighters Local 1443 President Jeremy Mast said Scott suffered two seizures two weeks ago.

Scott had just arrived home in Warsaw from being on duty at the Goshen Fire Department when he suffered his first seizure. Scott had never had a seizure before in his life, Mast said. Scott went to Kosciusko Community Hospital, where he suffered a second seizure. He was then taken to Lutheran Hospital where more tests were conducted.

On Monday, Scott received his diagnosis. He is expected to meet with several doctors at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday. From there, Mast said, doctors should be able to give him a better idea of his prognosis and course of treatment.

Since the seizures, Scott has been on medical leave from the Goshen Fire Department.

But several of his co-workers and friends have made the trip to Warsaw to visit him, Mast said.

“He’s only 29 — not that cancer cares,” Mast said. “But you don’t expect to hear something like that.”

Scott’s best friend, Jeremy Williams, who is a firefighter in Warsaw, started a diaper drive for the Thomases and the Local 1443 is fully supporting it.

Now through May 31, donations of diapers, wipes, Walmart or Babies R Us gift cards and other baby supplies can be dropped off at any of the Goshen fire stations. If people aren’t sure about what to give, Mast said, a Walmart or Babies R Us gift card would probably be preferred.

The Thomases do have some baby supplies, furniture and clothing from their first child.

Mast said that Local 1443 has also set up a “Scott Thomas” account at Interra. People may donate to that fund at any Interra branch.

And during First Fridays in downtown Goshen May through September, Local 1443 will have a beer tent with all proceeds going to the Thomas family.

“Scott and Stacy want to make sure everyone knows how grateful they are for what everyone has done,” Mast said.

Updates on Scott and any future fundraisers will be posted on the Goshen Professional Firefighters Local 1443 Facebook page.

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