'Five for Kyle' to benefit APD officer fighting for his life
Posted at: 06/25/2012 4:54 PM
| Updated at: 06/25/2012 5:32 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
APD Police Officer Kyle Evans
An Albuquerque police officer is facing an uphill battle with cancer and despite the illness, he is not giving up on life or being a public servant.
Officer Kyle Evans is in every way a role model police officer with a heart for community service, and at age 23 he is battling a brain tumor.
"Recently I've been having more headaches, I went and had an MRI and they found the tumor has grown and there is a cyst growing on the tumor," Officer Evans said.
Evans has had a tumor before and is a survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. But this time around, the brain tumor came back more aggressively.
"It's been rough,” Evans said. “It takes a lot of time to just go through the insurance companies and getting appointments scheduled and trying to deal with the headaches that I deal with constantly."
While many may assume Evans would be thinking about himself during this time, they would be wrong.
"I just keep coming to work and try to do my job,” Evans said. “I try not to let my squad down by making one less personnel down on the street and help out with calls. I'm going to push through and do the best that I can."
Despite the battles, the hospital stays, the costs, and the anxiety, Evans said he would not change his life given the opportunity. "It's made me who I am. If I could go back I really wouldn't change it, it's made me the person I am and I like the person I am."
Members of the Albuquerque Police Department started a charity called “Five for Kyle.” The charity urges all police officers to donate $5 a week to raise money for Evan to pay his mounting medical expenses. Deposits can be made directly into the “Five for Kyle” Fundraising account at any Well Fargo location.
The Five for Kyle weekly fundraiser will end with a golf tournament at the Desert Greens Gold Course on Saturday, August 18.