Community rallies around WPD officer diagnosed with terminal cancer

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Wichita community is rallying behind one of its own after a devastating cancer diagnosis.

Detective Matt Young currently works with the Wichita Police Department's DV/Sex Crimes Unit. He was also just found out he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and it has spread quickly.

On Friday, dozens of officers, deputies and firefighters came out to a luncheon at the Child Advocacy Center to show their support their brother in blue and his family.

Thousands of dollars have been raised not only for him and the family but also for a brand new fence to go around his home. His current fence is broken. It's something Young planned to fix in the coming months but had to put on hold after his diagnosis.

Lt. Jason Gill with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office knew exactly what needed to be done. As the owner of a fencing company, he and others have worked to get the fence up as soon as possible so Young can be there and see it.

Multiple businesses have donated items for the fence:

-American Fence has donated the 800 heavy duty cedar pickets
-Star Lumber & Supply has donated 174 rough-cut cedar 2x4’s
-Sutherlands El Dorado has donated some of the concrete bags
-Gary Carpenter and Kansas General Wire has donated the steel posts, brackets, gate frames and hardware.
-B & B Lumber Co. has donated 5,000 screws.
-The Home Depot has donated the rest of the concrete bags and all the Sawzall blades for the demolition

Gill says a fence should be the least of Young's worries right now.

"He's given his whole life to public service. He's given 20 years to people in Sedgwick County and Wichita. He deserves every bit of this, and more," said Gill.

Those wishing to help Young and his family can donate to the Honore Adversis Foundation.