The Carlisle Area Sertoma Club held a benefit breakfast Saturday morning to aid a member of Carlisle’s thin blue line recently diagnosed with cancer.
In April, only a few weeks after the birth of his third child, Carlisle Police Cpl. Timothy Groller was diagnosed with stage four, nonsmall cell lung cancer.
“(The doctor) told me I had about six months,” Groller told ABC27 News.
When Carlisle Police Chief Taro Landis met with the Sertoma Club in May and informed them of Groller’s situation, the group was moved to action.
“We all wanted to pull together for the police department and to help out this family,” Allegheny/Canada Sertoma Regional Director Maureen Williams said.
The club had the all-you-can-eat breakfast planned, but Williams said at that point they had not decided who to give the proceeds to.
“At that moment we said, ‘we have to dedicate this to Cpl. Groller and his family,’” Williams said.
More than 140 people showed up Saturday and roughly $1,000 was donated to the Carlisle Police Benefit Fund and earmarked for Groller.
A Go Fund Me account has been created to benefit Groller and his family and can be found by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/TIMGROLLER