UPDATE 6-11-17: Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse announced this evening that Sgt. Mike McGuire has lost his fight against cancer and has passed away.
By Lucy Perry
Indiana Central News
One local man has spent his career protecting others while serving the community as a law enforcement officer. Now, his friends are hoping to help him as he faces the challenges that come along with an unexpected illness.
Sgt, Mike McGuire, of the Terre Haute Police Department, was diagnosed with tonsil cancer last year. The disease has since spread, according to Curt Pendergast, who has recently set up a GoFundMe account for his friend in his time of need.
Pendergast describes McGuire's journey in fighting the disease --- enduring chemotherapy, radiation and hospitalizations from the time he was diagnosed last summer. By late January, it seemed the treatments were going well. However, further testing revealed the cancer was, in fact, worsening.
"Mike had a CT and PET scan and while Mike’s throat was completely clear, the PET scan found something in his subcarinal lymph node (mid chest between the lungs). The cancer from his throat had metastasized to his chest," Pendergast explained.
His medical journey continues
McGuire eventually consulted with a specialist in Florida, where he and his wife, Kimberly, traveled for surgery.. They were dealt another setback when they learned the surgery would be canceled due to further cancer growth. The couple then traveled back to Terre Haute, when they received "good news" that a medical team at the Cancer Treatment of America in Chicago accepted him as a patient, Pendergast was happy to report at the end of March.
In the latest update on the GoFundMe page, Pendergast describes an optimistic patient and says the aggressive treatments seem to be working. He adds that McGuire is grateful for community support and prayers while he is at CToA .
Meanwhile, Pendergast is also helping to organize a local event on McGuire's behalf this month. An auction is scheduled for April 28 at 4 p.m. at the VFW located at 12th and Mulberry Streets. He said local businesses are helping donate items for the auction. A meal will be served. Tickets will be available at the door or ahead of the event.
For more information on the fundraiser event and tickets, contact:
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