By Allison Brown, Fox 8 Reporter
WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio -- The community of Wayne County is supporting their sergeant. Sgt. Mike Maxwell has been fighting cancer for nearly three years, but his battle for good health is inspirational.
People rallied for the sergeant on Sunday afternoon during an event called ‘The Friends of Mike Maxwell.’ The fundraiser was held as Triway High School in Wooster, where Maxwell graduated.
Family, friends, and even people who didn’t know Maxwell enjoyed good food and conversation in his name.
The line was out the door, as hundreds of people attended to show their support.
"He truly is what you vision as a police officer in the state of Ohio, his work has just been outstanding over the many years, and I've had the privilege of working with him at the sheriff's office for my 16 years as sheriff, and every day he just comes in with a sterling attitude and just a desire to serve and work,” said Sheriff Thomas Maurer of Wayne County.
"With Mike being with the sheriff's department he's come to know a lot of people, he's met a lot of people, and helped a lot of people, and now these people are coming back helping him it's just a blessing," said Mike’s younger brother, Ron Maxwell.
It has been a struggle for the father of two. At first, he thought he had a food allergy, but he quickly learned that he had B-Cell Lymphoma. Sadly, after several treatments including chemotherapy and stem cell replacement, doctors told him they have done all they can.
However, Mike and the Wayne County community are not giving up.
"Mike is still fighting, he's dealing with a lot of the issues that cancer brings, mentally he's in a really good place and his spirits are lifted, he's hanging in there and fighting still," said Ron Maxwell.
Mike’s family will tell you, having an event like Sunday’s means so much because money raised goes toward medical expenses.
"The bills, they mount up, they just do insurance only goes so far, but we're very thankful for what's happening today to help step in and help them out," said Maxwell.
Everyone is praying for a miracle for their beloved friend and colleague.
Already, the website www.FriendsofMikeMaxwell.com has had more than 12,000 hits and visitors can share their personal stories about Mike there.