Benefit concert raises $55k for WPD officer diagnosed with terminal cancer

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Monday, March 4, 2019

A benefit concert held for a Wichita Police Office diagnosed terminal cancer raises thousands of dollars.

The Honore Adversis Foundation says the concert performed by other members of law enforcement raised $55,587.27 for Det. Matt Young.

Young is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and doctors are giving him weeks, maybe months to live.

For those who missed the benefit concert and would like to donate to the Young family, donations can be made to the Honore Adversis Foundation.
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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Hundreds of people gathered Sunday night for a benefit concert in honor of Wichita Police Detective Matt Young.

The night was full of music, fun, and support for Young and his family. He is battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and doctors are giving him weeks, maybe months to live.

WPD officer Steve Jerrell says the good turn-out at the benefit concert shows what kind of family these officers are a part of every day they go to work.

"It relieves some stress for me that if I ever get seriously hurt, I get sick, I get killed that my family will also be taken care of and that they will not be forgotten," Jerrell said. "I can tell you Matt is overwhelmed with the support that he's already seeing."

The benefit raised more than $30,000 in raffle and auction items. All proceeds are going to Young's large family.

A small gift officers say they couldn't have done without the community's help.

"Wichita is a very giving community and when folks are in need they always step up," Jerrell said.

For those who missed the benefit concert and would like to donate to the Young family, donations can be made to the Honore Adversis Foundation.