Panama City - The Bay County Sheriff's Office has been holding several fundraisers to help in the fight against cancer, but Saturday's event hit even closer to home, it was a special event put together by investigator Paul Vecker, a cancer survivor. It was a special night for people of all ranks at the Bay County Sheriff's Office, all coming together to support one another and band together in the fight against cancer.
It's rare to find someone who hasn't been touched in some way by cancer, and the Bay County Sheriff's Office is no exception. "If you would have told me that Paul Vecker would have been diagnosed with cancer, I would have called you a liar, say you're full of it, I'm not gonna get cancer, but here I am and I've been cancer free for one year and then back in 2011 I found that it came back," said Vecker.
"We've had so many investigators, several that have passed away, young men, most recently Ed Langford passed away and so we dedicated our efforts this year towards the memory of Ed Langford," said Ruth Corley.
Saturday night's event, "Raising Hope with Paul Vecker, Cancer Survivor" was one of many fundraisers set up by the sheriff's office and Vecker says he couldn't think of a better county to be the host. "I knew this is the most giving community that you would find anywhere in the world and I knew that when I came up with this idea, I got with the sheriff's office, I got with the American Cancer Society, they said let's do it, let's raise as much money as we can and it's been absolutely fantastic so far," said Vecker.
Funds raised Saturday night will be split 50-50 between the American Cancer Society and the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa.