Ebensburg police officer fights rare form of brain cancer
Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 09:14 AM EST
By: WJAC Web Staff
EBENSBURG, Pa. -- It's not the dangers of being behind the badge that has Officer Scott Stoltz fighting for his life, it's a rare form of brain cancer.
"Our line of work, broken leg or arm or get shot at but never do you realize something medical could take you off,” Stoltz said.
Stoltz, of the Ebensburg Police Department, was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
“This is just the worst nightmare, what do you do,” said the officer’s wife, Melissa Stoltz.
His days of keeping the community safe were put on hold while he receives treatments.
“It’s taken an emotional turn on him because he is so used to protecting, and so used to providing,” Melissa said.
Melissa says her sister noticed something wasn't right with Scott and one morning she knew, too, when he looked confused.
“And I was like, aren’t you supposed to be at work?” and he was like, ”oh yes,” and went to get ready and when he was leaving he gave me a kiss, a hug and shot me half a smile and at that point I knew something was wrong,” she added.
After a CT scan and a MRI, the family received the heartbreaking news that Scott had a tumor. Melissa says Scott and her family were at a loss for words.
Scott was taken to the hospital and within days he was operated on. He is still undergoing treatment.
“We still have each other... I don't care if we have to live in a cardboard box as long as we are still together,” Melissa said.
Scott will undergo new treatment and take part in a clinical trial involving stem cells. He is 1 of 50 people chosen nationwide.
“A lot of people look at me and say how healthy I still look. I guess I have been lucky," Scott said
“I think prayers are so powerful,” Melissa said.
Here ways you can help Scott and his family…
First commonwealth bank-“officer Scott Stoltz fund” (every bank in viewing area)
Spaghetti dinner March 7.
Basket party April 27.