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Fundraiser Helps Putnam Sheriff's Deputy With Cancer Battle

A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise $150,000 for Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Schmidt's medical expenses. Schmidt is battling Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of cancer.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise $150,000 for Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Schmidt's medical expenses. Schmidt is battling Multiple Myeloma, which is a type of cancer. Photo Credit: GoFundMe/screen shot

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- A GoFundMe fundraising page is seeking to raise $150,000 to help Putnam County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Schmidt pay for his battle with cancer.

The page was set up by Mike Clear of Poughkeepsie, who is a relative of Schmidt's. To visit the page, click here.

Schmidt, who is nicknamed "Mo," was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma this past September, Clear writes. He added that Schmidt first developed symptoms around Thanksgiving 2015 but was misdiagnosed.

Schmidt, 39, has served as a sheriff's deputy for 10 years, Clear writes, and before that was a civilian dispatcher for the Carmel Police Department.

"Michael has been well respected throughout his public service career and has received many letters of commendation from the Sheriff’s Department," Clear wrote. "Besides Michael being family, I, too, was an officer of the law, and I know how we First Responders turnout to help our brothers and sisters in a time of need, so please come through for this man – first responder or not."

Clear adds that Schmidt's wife, Sara, is a Carmel school teacher, and that he is the father of three kids.

Schmidt has undergone one to three chemotherapy treatments daily and will be receiving a bone marrow transplant, Clear writes. However, his immune system has been hit, and he has health problems such as bone loss, anemia and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Schmidt, according to Clear, will also have to spend a month in New York City while he undergoes treatment Cornell University's hospital.

"During this time he will be administered high doses of chemo to destroy any remaining cancer cells and wipe out his entire immune system," Clear wrote. "He will participate in some clinical trials and have a 3 to 4 month recovery time, followed by a lifetime of maintenance and testing."

The fundraiser's proceeds will go towards Schmidt's related medical costs, according to Clear, including copays, items that may not be covered by insurance and staying in New York City for treatment.

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