Fair Oaks Ranch police officer fighting cancer while still on duty, asks public for help

Dec 08, 2016

SAN ANTONIO — A Fair Oaks Ranch police officer fighting for his life and family's future after being diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma earlier this year is asking the for public's help.

Officer Riley Gobeil, 25, went to his doctor for chest pains and a CT scan determined he had an “unknown, yet substantial” mass on top of his heart, according to a GoFundMe account set up for him.

The mass, 5.1 inches in length, was biopsied, but, five days later, test results showed Gobeil had the cancer, which affects his immune system.

Fair Oaks Ranch Police Chief Scott Rubin said in an interview that Gobeil has been with the department since July 2015 and is currently on light duty to accommodate his treatment. Rubin described his connection to Gobeil and other officers as "family." "I've been really impressed with his attitude and willingness and belief that he can beat this," Rubin said.

Gobeil is receiving treatment from a renowned oncologist and his insurance is going to help cover a portion of the costs. But it’s still an uphill battle, according to Chase Jennings, Gobeil’s brother-in-law, who created the GoFundMe account. “It is not going to be enough,” Jennings said on the online fundraising site. “No one could have predicted how quickly the expenses would have accumulated.”

Gobeil will undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and must begin eating an expensive diet. Since the chemotherapy and radiation can sterilize Gobeil, the officer and his wife, Tawnie, are seeing a fertility clinic beforehand in order to potentially have a family in the future, Jennings said. Some of the treatments and programs they are considering are not covered by insurance at all.

“We’re supporting you and believe that you’re strong enough to beat this and we want you back at work,” Rubin said.

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